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Firms find solutions to fracking technique problems

Fracking companies are trying to solve the sector’s liquid problem

The shale gas industry has invested lots of time and money in developing techniques to reduce the vast amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing, partly to soothe environmental concerns, but mostly to cut costs. Recycling, using less water per fracture, or even doing away with water altogether by using hydrocarbons instead are all methods now routinely used by the industry. With some wells requiring as much as 5 million gallons of water to frack, measures to cut water use can mean big savings for drillers. The extent of those savings varies with location and depends partly on the cost of acquiring water, so producers in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, where surface water is abundant

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