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Texas Water Report:
Going Deeper for the Solution

Note: This report was released Jan. 14, 2014, and may contain outdated information.
To locate more recent data, use the resources guide in the PDF version of the report.

The use of hydraulic "fracking" has provided a huge boost to the Texas economy (to find out how much, see page 17 of Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution (PDF). The process has added to state water demands, however.

Hydraulic Fracturing without Water

Some shale energy producers have developed low-water and water-free hydraulic fracturing techniques that could greatly reduce the industry’s need for water.

Using Natural Gas to Produce Energy Saves Water

The process of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, uses water.

Bridget Scanlon, senior research scientist for the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, explains that using natural gas to supply energy can save tremendous amounts of water compared to other fuel sources.