DICKINSON, N.D. — The Little Missouri River Commission has postponed a decision on drawing water from the scenic river for use in oilfields.

The commission heard two hours of debate Wednesday from conservationists concerned about taking river water for hydraulic fracturing and landowners worried about increased truck traffic.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Department of Mineral Resources says oil companies in the Bakken have used an average of 7.6 million gallons of water to frack each well this year. And regulators say those volumes are increasing, with some companies experimenting with up to 20 million gallons per well.

Commissioners say they want to take a longer look at the issue more before making a recommendation to the State Water Commission.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com