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New fracking technique could cut demand for freshwater


BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved the first significant pilot test of recycling water for hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken, which could lead to conserving millions of gallons of freshwater and reducing truck traffic.

Statoil received the OK this week to proceed with a test that will use produced water — wastewater that is a byproduct of oil production — for fracking operations at a well site north of Williston.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.