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February 22, 2014

States must contain fracking

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Other states — including Kentucky, which exempts frackers altogether from its water-withdrawal rules, and Texas, which allows unlimited withdrawals from groundwater — should follow Pennsylvania’s lead.

By making approval for fracking contingent on responsible water practices, states can drive even greater innovation — perhaps to the point where frackers come to operate without using any water at all. Gasfrac, a Canadian company, has been using liquefied petroleum gas in gel form to fracture shale, which so far is relatively expensive. But as the technology improves — and water grows harder to come by — operators may find it to be the most attractive strategy.

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