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Water Management Analysis

Following assumptions are based on the information fro www.marcellusgas.org:

Water used to drill a well: 700,000 gallons (16,667 barrels)
Water used to Frack a well: 5,000,000 gallons (119,047 barrels)
Wells drilled and Fracked each year: 3,000
Number of wells per pad site: 6
Pad size: 300' x 600' (180,000 sq. ft., or 4.132 acres)
Water tanker capacity: 6,720 gallons (160 barrels)
Average precipitation: 48 to 54 inches per year
Collection Capacity of D.A. Nolt, Inc. of PA CWMS: 7,000,000 gallons per year
Water cost at source: $0.35 per barrel (42 gallons)

The following table identifies the resulting water usage and potential for fresh water storage based on the assumptions defined above:


Cumulative per Year Data for Wells Drilled and Fracked;
Water Consumption and Rainwater Stored (forecast).

Data for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Year Ending
per Year
Wells Drilled
Cumulative Pads
(6 Wells/Pad)
Water Collected by CWMS under pads (5M Gallons/Pad Site) Annual Water Used/Needed (3,000 x 5.7M Gallons) % Water Collected using CWMS vs. Used/Needed
2013 3,000 3,000 500 2.5B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 14.6%
2014 3,000 6,000 1,000 5.0B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 29.2%
2015 3,000 9,000 1,500 7.6B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 43.9%
2016 3,000 12,000 2,000 10.0B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 58.5%
2017 3,000 15,000 2,500 12.5B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 73.1%
2018 3,000 18,000 3,000 15.0B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 87.7%
2019 3,000 21,000 3,500 17.5B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 102.3%
2020 3,000 24,000 4,000 20.0B Gallons 17.1B Gallons 117.0%


This table illustrates that by 2019, fresh water held in our underground water management systems would be sufficient for all subsequent years’ well drilling and fracking operations, consequently eliminating some 2,544,643 tractor trailer trips per year (based on 6 wells per pad). In addition, the Water Management Containment System would provide fresh water for all future stimulation, refracking and operational needs during the life of the well pad.