The Louisville City Council (Stark County, OH) passed an agreement yesterday to sell both potable and treated sewage water to Chesapeake Energy for their use in fracking Utica Shale wells. The water purchase agreement runs through 2017.
Chesapeake will use the water in its search for natural gas and oil in the Utica shale formation. The city will bill Chesapeake at the rate of $5 per 1,000 gallons of either effluent, raw or potable water. In the event of drought, operational or mechanical failure, any unforeseen problem or emergency situation, the city may suspend service. Emergency passage allows the agreement to take effect immediately.*
*CantonRep.com (May 21, 2012) – Louisville City Council meeting of May 21