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Supplies Untapped in Corn Belt Areas
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Mon May 6, 2013 01:19 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- As hydraulic fracturing operations expand across the country, some areas of more intense gas and oil production face already high stresses on available water from agricultural, municipal and industrial users, a new study shows.

However, the study by sustainable business advocate Ceres also found some areas of the Corn Belt where farmers could potentially lease land to oil companies to explore shale formations in central Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and other states, where water resources aren't nearly as stressed as they are in Texas and Colorado where shale oil and gas wells are numerous.

A growing number of ...

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