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To ease looming West Texas water shortage, oil companies have begun recycling fracking wastewater

Oil and gas companies are increasingly reusing “produced water” as West Texas aquifers are being depleted and the practice of injecting wastewater into disposal wells triggers more earthquakes.

Fracking's water demand requires the construction of ponds like these, which store millions of gallons of fresh water. Aug. 21, 2013.

"Managed depletion" of aquifers in West Texas

Demand for fracking water has skyrocketed

"We're not even fully sure what's in it" 

Pipelines reduce cost of water reuse

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