“Drought has dropped stream flows and groundwater levels so low that the use of water for natural gas “fracking” by drillers like these at work in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, has been suspended in many parts of the Keystone State.
Permits to pull water from streams in the Susquehanna River Basin have been suspended in 13 Pennsylvania counties and one New York county—the most severe water restrictions passed since the usage permits were first issued in 2008.
During each hydraulic fracture, or “frack,” at a well workers mix 3 to 5 million gallons (15 million liters) of water with a cocktail of chemicals and force it underground at high pressure to fracture rocks and allow natural gas to rise through surface wells. In recent years the gas has become an enormous new source of domestic energy.”
Read more: National Geographic