Colorado fracking to use more water in coming years, but still a small percentage of total

Cathy Proctor -Reporter – Denver Business Journal

The amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing in Colorado is expected to rise 35 percent between 2010 and 2015, but will still be a fraction — about 0.1 percent — of the state’s total water use, according to a new report from three state agencies.

“In relative terms, the amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing is a very small percentage of the water that’s used in the state of Colorado — most of it is used for agriculture,” said David Neslin, the director of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates industry activities in the state.

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