Concerns arise over the amount of water needed for hydraulic fracturing

With each Utica shale well requiring as much as 5 million gallons of water to extract oil and natural gas, coupled with the state’s prediction that as many as 2,250 such wells will exist across Ohio by 2015, many citizens and organizations are expressing concerns that the oil and gas industry’s water consumption for hydraulic fracturing could drain water supplies for crops, livestock and drinking, The Columbus Dispatch reports.