Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas

Margaret A. Cook, Ashlynn S. Stillwell, Carey W. King, Michael E. Webber

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Abstract

This paper describes an evaluation of cross-sector investments in water efficiency to enable increased water availability for hydraulic fracturing. In particular, water needs in Texas are examined to identify the water balances and cost requirements to deploy efficient irrigation water systems for the agricultural sector as a way to make available more water for the energy sector. The Rio Grande Valley in Texas is examined for these water savings that could be transferred to gas and oil production in the Eagle Ford shale formation. To evaluate water availability for use in oil and gas production, a model of water and cost savings from conservation technologies is shown at county-wide resolution. To demonstrate this methodology, we use irrigation districts on the Lower Rio Grande River in Texas to assess the feasibility of retrofitting alternative irrigation techniques for current agricultural sites. We found that between 420 and 800 million cubic meters (m3) or between 340,000 and 650,000 acre-feet (ac-ft) of water could be spared per year over a 10-year period, enabling freshwater use in oil and gas production in more than 26,000 wells in the Lower Rio Grande Valley alone.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013
Subtitle of host publicationShowcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress
Pages2818-2832
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: May 19 2013May 23 2013

Other

OtherWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period5/19/135/23/13

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water
hydraulic fracturing
gas production
oil production
irrigation
water availability
valley
water budget
savings
shale
well
methodology
river
cost
energy
retrofitting
county
need
water saving
evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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Cook, M. A., Stillwell, A. S., King, C. W., & Webber, M. E. (2013). Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress (pp. 2818-2832)

Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas. / Cook, Margaret A.; Stillwell, Ashlynn S.; King, Carey W.; Webber, Michael E.

World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress. 2013. p. 2818-2832.

Research output: ResearchConference contribution

Cook, MA, Stillwell, AS, King, CW & Webber, ME 2013, Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas. in World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress. pp. 2818-2832, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 5/19/13.
Cook MA, Stillwell AS, King CW, Webber ME. Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress. 2013. p. 2818-2832.
Cook, Margaret A. ; Stillwell, Ashlynn S. ; King, Carey W. ; Webber, Michael E./ Alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing in Texas. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress. 2013. pp. 2818-2832
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