Water shortages could limit shale gas development #shale

Water shortages pose a big threat to the global shale oil and gas industry, a new report claims.More than a third of commercially viable shale gas deposits worldwide are in areas that are either dry or have water supply constraints, environmental think tank World Resources Institute said.The process of extracting gas and oil from shale rock deep underground – known as fracking – requires huge amounts of water.Out of the 20 countries with the largest shale gas resources, eight have deposits in areas that are “arid or face high to extremely high water stress”, including China, Algeria, Mexico and South Africa.Overall, 38% of viable shale gas deposits worldwide are in areas where water supplies are a potential problem.Andrew Steer, President and CEO, WRI said: “Water risk is one of the most important but underappreciated challenges when it comes to shale gas development.

via Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Water shortages could limit shale gas development.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s