When the County Commissioners held their public meeting on January 16, representatives of First Liberty Energy said they did not intend hydraulic fracturing at Old Womanís Creek. Perhaps the only people at the meeting who believed them were the Commissioners. Perhaps not. Anyway, now that Liberty is busy fracking at Old Womanís Creek, some questions need to be asked that werenít asked then.
Where is Liberty getting the hundreds of thousands of gallons of water that they will need for the fracking process? An average operation uses 1,000,000 gallons of water. One well can use up to 5,000,000 gallons.
How is Liberty going to dispose of the hundreds of thousands of gallons of waste water that will result from their fracking process? The waste water is hazardous, of course, and canít be used for plants, animals, or even humans, and the preferred method of disposal, injection wells, is a known cause of earthquakes.
And if this well proves profitable and Liberty opens up 20-40 wells in the area, where will all that water come from and where will it go?
According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the oil industry consumed 6.5 trillion gallons of water in 2012, one tenth of all the water used in the state. When water-deprived San Luis Valley joins the happy crowd, who will provide the water, and who will lose it?