Wasted Water: The Impacts of Fracking’s Water Use from Pennsylvania to Colorado

In Pennsylvania alone fracking operations consume a staggering 19 million gallons of freshwater per well. Once those millions of gallons of surface water are taken for fracking, the water is permanently removed from the water cycle, impacting the quantity and quality of water in the ecosystem.

In states like Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California, oil & gas companies are wasting more and more water to extract the same amount of oil & gas. This has big implications as climate change reduces available water resources and makes droughts more frequent in states like these.

Watch this webinar from FracTracker Alliance and Halt the Harm Network on the impacts of the fracking industry’s reckless water usage. Kat Wilson, Environmental Health Fellow at FracTracker Alliance, discussed her research into how much water fracking operations are wasting in Pennsylvania, the industry’s lack of transparency, and the impacts on water systems and communities. Following Kat’s presentation, Rose Reilly and Julie DiCenzo discussed their ongoing campaigns to protect the Big Sewickley Creek from the harms of fracking. Finally, Kyle Ferrar, the Western Program Manager with FracTracker, presented the current fight around the Oil & Gas industry’s abuse of water resources in California and Colorado.


  • Kat Wilson, FracTracker Alliance
  • Rose Reilly, a biologist and water quality specialist from Beaver County, PA
  • Julie DiCenzo, a former medical writer and editor from Allegheny County, PA
  • Kyle Ferrar, FracTracker Alliance

The webinar is part of Halt the Harm’s efforts to bring together a nationwide network of local leaders & groups protecting their communities from oil & gas harms and connect them to the support, resources, and expertise they need.

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Halt the Harm Network is supported by Netcentric Campaigns.