LETTER: How will fracking affect water supply?

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I’ve got questions for the Lee commissioners and the fracking rules committee concerning our water supply.

It takes 5 million gallons of fresh water to frack a well over five days, and 4.5 million gallons of water stays in the earth, leaving 500,000 gallons of toxic wastewater to be disposed of or treated to be recycled for use in other wells. Where will the toxic water be treated? It can’t be treated in our local water treatment plants unless they are updated to remove toxic additives.

How will the toxic water be transported? Remember, 500,000 gallons of wastewater over five days per well would require 45 tanker trucks per well. If they frack five wells in one week, they would need 25,000,000 gallons of fresh water every five days.

Where will this water come from? That would also generate 5 million gallons of toxic waste water every five days. That equates to 227 trucks every five days. This will be a heavy load on our infrastructure of roads.

Where will this toxic water be stored or treated? Now I can understand the local employment figures that have been tossed around since we started talking about fracking. We’ll need a lot of CDL toxic waste drivers.

Bob Holder

Swann Station