Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Four-Year Water Study Planned in Osage County”

Ada-Vamoosa Aquifer flows under much of Osage County, but no one knows how much fresh water it holds. The study will also map saltwater sources, which can be used by oil and gas producers for operations like hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking.” Identifying saltwater sources for oil and gas might reduce the industry needing freshwater sources.

The $2.2 million study will help ensure that the industrial uses of the water supply do not affect the fresh water needs of Osage County residents, said Jann Jones, Osage Nation environmental and natural resources director. Even after more than a century of farming and oil and gas production in Osage County, there are gaps in knowledge about where the fresh water exists, Jones said.

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