Last week, reporter Bobby Magill opened his article, “Experts: Fracking Depletes Water Supply,” with the strong declaration that “when water is used for fracking, it’s used to extinction.”
“It’s taken out of the hydrological cycle, never used again,” Phillip Doe, a former environmental compliance officer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said Thursday. “When they say 5 million gallons for a frack, they’re talking about 5 million gallons that will never see light again, and that’s if they’re lucky.”
Speaking during a League of Women Voters Cross Currents forum on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for oil and gas drilling, Doe said one of the biggest challenges facing the Front Range today is the amount of water used for drilling for oil and natural gas. That’s because water used for agriculture and most other uses is returned into the hydrological cycle and used again.