Monday, May 11, 2009

Water in the Shreveport Area

Groundwater looks like it will be a huge issue as the Haynesville Shale continues to develop. A big feature article in the Shreveport Times focused on the issue and concerns in the region.

Groundwater has long been a concern in northwest Louisiana, especially as the population grows. The more urbanized areas of Caddo and Bossier Parishes do draw water from some lakes and rivers, but the Red River, which runs between the two and down into the eastern portion of the Haynesville Shale has not been tapped to its full potential because of past concerns about water quality. Most of the rural areas use wells from increasingly inconsistent aquifers. Caddo seems to have the most pressing concerns, especially from agricultural uses and gas drillers.

Most oil and gas operators usually have the right to drill water wells to support their drilling and exploration activities, but as groundwater supplies become strained, expect to hear lots of push-back. The city of Shreveport sells water to operators, but it is far cheaper to drill a well on site than truck it in from Shreveport. It will be one of the big issues as the Haynesville Shale expands.

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