Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Use

Here are a couple of articles explaining the role of fresh water in the hydraulic fracturing process.

http://www.undeerc.org/bakken/Water-Consumption-in-the-Bakken.aspx

In addition to the water used in the initial fracturing process, Bakken wells need additional water to flush salty deposits out of the system and keep oil flowing during production.  See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/11/131111-north-dakota-wells-maintenance-water/ for more details.

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