Report: Kalkaska frack wells use 42M gallons water

EXCELSIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three deep fracking wells exploring for natural gas in northwestern lower Michigan's Kalkaska County have used 42 million gallons of water in the past two years.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/YqzcbM ) says it calculated the water use from public documents and interviews.

The wells are run by Encana Oil & Gas wells in Excelsior Township, about 25 miles east of Traverse City.

Paul Brady lives a few miles from the wells and says he and others are concerned about the "gigantic water consumers."

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality monitors water use at the wells and says the wells' groundwater use fits within the range of safe withdrawals.

Encana spokeswoman Bridget Ford says the company relies on the state's assessment and is committed to minimizing the disruption the wells cause.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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