excerpted from The Fracking Boom
Recorded on April 2014

Water Use Rules for Fracking in a Drought


"It's a rule of capture in Texas, if you get the water, you get to use it," says Russell Gold, reporter for The Wall Street Journal. This rule has presented a problem, as many areas in Texas are in the midst of extreme drought, and the oil and gas industry has enough money to outbid the average Texan. The first step to alleviate this problem is to move away from freshwater to brackish or saltwater for fracking, "the industry knows how to work with saltwater and they should," says Mark Zoback, Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University.

Speakers at this Event

Reporter, the Wall Street Journal; Author, Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy

Partner, Rhodium Group

Professor of Geophysics, Stanford