Water tops list of concerns over shale

Major questions still linger over the use of water in hydraulic fracturing and how the industry would deal with its waste water

Water use and the  disposal of waste water could cause major problems for would-be fracking firms, according to two reports.

In July, the industry-funded Taskforce on Shale Gas set out its views on the potential impacts of shale gas extraction on health and the local environment.1

The taskforce, which describes itself as independent despite its backers, concludes that the overall risks would, if strictly controlled, mitigated and monitored, be “acceptable” (endsreport.com/46229). But it remains unclear how the industry would deal with its waste water.

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