The citizens of Colorado Springs were NEVER given a chance to vote for or against that pipeline.
But they’re sure paying for it.
As will all the users of the water.
It is not a subsidy if the users are charged the cost. I am also confident that hydraulic fracturing is not going to use a significant portion of the water deliveried.
In Texas, we have nearly half the drilling rigs in the nations working here. The Eagle Ford Shale field take a very high amount of water compared to other shale fields for successful hydraulic fracturing of the field. We are far above the water use compared to other shale fields or drilling areas.
And that hydraulic fracturing amounts to about 1% of the areas total water use.
The water use is a couple millions of gallons per well, but that is a one time use. But SDS starts with a 50 million-gallons-per-day water treatment plant planned to expand to 100 million gallons per day.
Just how many wells do you think are going Colorado Springs? Hydraulic Fracturing will use some water from this system, very likely. But it is not the driving force for that much water, nor are the completion companies going to be given the water for free.