There are many wake-up calls to understand as we think of the usefulness of water. In Wisconsin, there is a huge mining boom for silica sand. Millions of tons of this glistening crystalline mineral are being shipped out of our state to the locations where it is needed in regions where oil frac processes are in full operation. The sand serves as a carrier/buffer in a blend of water and chemicals pumped into deep cracks underground where smaller cracks hold pockets of oil. The amount of water needed to run this operation is massive! Take a look at the image shown here to discover how this process works and the amount of water used per frac well:
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