One of the fears of increased use of fracking for shale gas is the quantity of water used. But...

|By:, SA News Editor

One of the fears of increased use of fracking for shale gas is the quantity of water used. But how much water does fracking really consume? A lot less than coal or oil, Jesse Jenkins calculates: "If shale gas is used to generate electricity at a combined cycle gas plant and displace coal-fired power, the quantity of water consumed per unit of electricity generated could fall on the order of 80%."