Hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—has been a truly disruptive technology, both in driving the growth of the “shale revolution” and through the profound risks it poses to America’s water resources.
Ceres is producing pioneering research on the impacts of shale energy production on vulnerable water supplies—and the actions that are needed for their protection. Ceres' research shows that nearly half of U.S. shale oil and gas wells are being developed in regions with high to extremely high water stress. Prior to Ceres’ investigation, the serious implications of the shale industry on water usage—and what intense competition for limited water resources means for oil and gas companies and their shareholders—were getting scant attention.
With shale energy production proliferating, Ceres will continue bringing more attention to this issue, focusing especially on the shale energy producers, investors, financial institutions and public water officials who should be doubling down their efforts to better manage this challenge.
- Mixing Oil & Water: Scenes from the Texas Oil Boom Part 1 and Part 2
- Fracking Activity in Midland, Texas