Here’s another reason why oil refineries (literally) suck

Grist

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

What do almonds, golf, fracking, and Kim Kardashian’s lawn have in common? They’ve all been publicly shamed for their outsized water use during California’s ongoing drought.

But you likely haven’t heard as much about one of the state’s major water sucks: oil refineries, which are estimated to be the second biggest water user of non-ag businesses in the state (after golf).

The plants process more than 80 million gallons of oil per day, turning it into products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each gallon of oil takes between 1 and 2.5 gallons of water to refine, most of which is either dumped into the ocean after it’s used and treated or evaporated as steam. Once in the ocean, the water is…

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