The Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer around Shreveport , which historically had provided good water supplies for residents and agriculture in a generally rural part of the state, started to run dry when producers drilled a large number of wells for water.
“Once the industry saw there was a problem with groundwater, it started using more surface water,” he said. “Now, the Haynesville shale's three biggest producers—Chesapeake Energy Corp., Encana Corp., and Petrohawk Energy Corp.—primarily use surface water.”
AGL Resources continues to say that the Chicot Aquifer can supply 7 billion gallons of water for their salt cavern expansion at JISH without any problems. The Regional manager for LAWCO (Louisiana Water Company) said “Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates from the known contamination source to New Iberia”. Also according to the (United States Geological Survey) USGS the Chicot Aquifer is the sole source of fresh water for southwestern Louisiana and has already shown signs of dropped levels, especially in the area north of Crowley.
At the Haynesville shale’s site the producers have been willing to work with facts. They have showed that they care about the health and welfare of the local community.