January 01, 2013

Produced Water Extraction From Oil and Gas Wells: Implications for Western Water Rights

By all accounts, the United States is experiencing a surge in domestic oil and gas exploration and development. New drilling technologies and methods such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have led to extensive development in geographic regions and geologic formations previously believed to be barren or uneconomic. With this rapid growth has come increased regulatory scrutiny on all aspects of the petroleum exploration and production process, including surface use, air emissions, and water quality impacts.

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