Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lake Sakakawea Water Approved for Fracking

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today approved a permit to allow water from Lake Sakakawea to be piped to Bakken oil drilling sites. The debate over how much water will ultimately to allowed to flow from the lake for fracking use continues, however, since the Corps of Engineers has stated in the past that it would charge a water storage fee for oil companies granted use permits. The details over how that fee would be assessed have not yet been worked out. The State of North Dakota has argued that it owns the water in the Missouri River that flows into Lake Sakakwea and has favored approving permits for fracking and related oil drilling use to help reduce the drain on underground aquifers in the Williston Basin. Read more

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