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Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. is saving water with its reservoir project

Devon Energy Corp. is on track to reuse 3 million barrels of water in its drilling operations in western Oklahoma this year, thanks to an innovative recycling project.

BY JAY F. MARKS Published: September 14, 2012

A briny man-made lake in Canadian County has helped Devon Energy Corp. recycle 1.3 million barrels of water since June.

That has allowed the Oklahoma City-based company to drill and complete three dozen wells in the area amid a lingering drought. Hydraulic fracturing for each well requires roughly 180,000 barrels of water.

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