U.S. fracking and the Niagara Falls

News and analysis by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post's environmental reporter

If there were a mobile container that could hold one full day of water rolling from the Niagara Falls it could serve the fracking operations in the United States for the past 20 months. That’s about 66 billion of gallons of water mixed with chemicals and sand to drill deep into the ground to extract natural gas, with Texas leading the way.

EcoWatch put the data together and made the connection to Niagara Falls to represent just how much water 66 billion gallons is. The water either gets reused (only some companies do this), stays in the ground or is brought back to the surface as waste.

Next, EcoWatch will show how much sand is used and where it comes from.