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A lot has been written in recent years about water usage in hydraulic fracturing, by both popular and trade press writers (including this one). In some shale regions, water is the number one issue, surpassing greenhouse gas emissions, groundwater contamination and earthquakes as the central focus of public criticism. That would certainly be true in Texas’ Eagle Ford shale, because water is an especially precious commodity in that particularly arid eco-region (known officially as the Tamaulipan Mezquital), and also in parts of the Bakken.

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