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This State Wants Oil Companies to Treat and Recycle Fracking Waste Water

November 29, 2018 / Rebecca Beitsch

Fracking requires a huge amount of water, a major concern in dry Western states that otherwise welcome the practice. But New Mexico thinks it can mitigate that problem by pushing oil companies to treat and recycle fracking wastewater for use in agriculture or even as drinking water. State officials, with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are still working out the details. If they move forward with the strategy, other arid states may follow New Mexico’s lead.