Drillers have identified using nearly three times as many rivers, streams and ponds for water sources in the first two months of 2013 than during the same period in 2012 and all of 2011. It’s a sign that energy extraction in Ohio is progressing, but it’s also a troubling development for environmental advocates who worry about the removal of water from its natural cycle.
There were 29 surface water withdrawal facilities for the end use of hydraulic fracturing, sometimes called “fracking,” in a preliminary count of registrations with the Ohio Department ofNatural Resources in January and February, compared to 10 during the same period in 2012. The final count for 2012 was 128 facilities, compared to 11 in 2011.
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