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Another Example of Energy-Water Connection

July 6, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Another Example of Energy-Water Connection

Most of the time, when people refer to the energy-water connection, they are referring to the huge amounts of water consumed in the production of energy.  Maybe the best current case is the controversy over hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from deeply-buried deposits.  (Google “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking” and take your pick from thousands of good articles to learn more).

More directly pertinent to rivers is the news of an oil pipeline rupture last week on the Yellowstone River.  Pipelines such as these criss-cross the continent, bringing oil and gas from “where it is” to “where it’s needed.”  As many of these go across, or under, rivers, it’s a wonder we don’t hear more stories such as this.

The New York Times article cited above mentions the complications that high water and river-borne debris are causing for cleanup crews.

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