Senator Bennet and Representative Markey pushing Interior to fund produced water demonstration projects

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From All American Patriots:

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Congresswoman Betsy Markey are seeking funding for local efforts to turn “produced water” into a resource that could benefit drought-stricken communities and help ease the demand for water in Colorado and the West. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Bennet and Markey urged the Secretary to allocate funding from the Interior Department’s FY 2009 discretionary budget towards produced water demonstration grant projects. The lawmakers also stated a commitment to work with Congress over the coming year to acquire additional funding in FY 2010 for a grant program created under the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008.

Produced water is by far the largest volume byproduct or waste stream associated with oil and gas exploration and production. According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory, approximately 15-20 billion barrels of produced water are generated each year in the United States from nearly a million wells.

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