November 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Fracking for natural gas booms on. But it uses and pollutes a lot of water. We’ll look at the push to reduce, reuse, and recycle “frack water.”
Big talk lately about the United States emerging as an energy superpower. Bigger than Saudi Arabia! But at the heart of that is fracking, and fracking has issues. A big one is water. Hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – take lots and lots of fresh water. Billions of gallons.
And makes it dangerous and unusable for drinking, for farming – for anything really but more fracking. This at a time of drought. A time when the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are fighting for water. Could we recycle this problem away?
This hour, On Point: getting real on our fresh water and fracking.
Russell Gold, energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Eli Gruber, founder, chairman and CEO of Ecologix Environmental Systems, a wastewater treatment company specializing in hydraulic fracturing, municipal wastewater treatment and industrial wastewater.
Rob Jackson, professor of environmental sciences and biology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Anthony Ingraffea, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.