Despite Drought, California Used 70 Million Gallons Of Water For Fracking In 2014

| by Sean Kelly
Oroville Lake, California.Oroville Lake, California.

According to a report from Reuters, 70 million gallons of water were used in California for fracking last year — despite the historic drought that continues throughout the state.

Fracking, which occurs when water and chemicals are injected underground at high pressures to release oil an gas into wells, is a highly controversial and heavily criticized process that has continuously occurred in California despite the severe drought. The drought is so severe that Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced plans to cut water use in the state by 25 percent.

“Hydraulic fracturing uses a relatively small amount of water — the equivalent of 514 households annually,” California oil and gas supervisor Steven Bohlen said.

Despite Brown’s order, the quantity of water used for fracking will not be reduced — something California environmentalists criticized.

“Governor Brown is forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought by cutting their personal water use while giving the oil industry a continuing license to break the law and poison our water,” Zack Malitz, representative for environmental group Credo, said. “Fracking and toxic injection wells may not be the largest uses of water in California, but they are undoubtedly some of the stupidest.”

Sources: ThinkProgress, Reuters

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