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Drillers Soaking It All Up: Water Sale Leaves Moundsville Dry

March 22, 2011

The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register is reporting that the Moundsville reservoir experienced a dramatic drop due to unconventional natural gas companies using 9 million gallons of the water for fracking operations.

“‘We were not prepared to handle that much (water) usage,’ Moundsville City Manager Allen Hendershot said.  To make up for the reservoir’s 9-million-gallon water loss, Hendershot said crews at the Moundsville Water Department opened additional wells and streamlined the process at the plant.  ‘We had fallen so far behind before we realized the issue and had to increase the production and take steps to get the reservoir back to normal,’ he said.”

With drilling development increasing and upwards of 5 million gallons needed for each well’s frack job it’s likely that there could be many future issues and concerns with this process.



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