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Oil Company Invests Millions on Wastewater Recycling, Ensures Water Future, Boosts the Bottom Line

Oil Company Invests Millions on Wastewater Recycling, Ensures Water Future, Boosts the Bottom Line

Newfield Exploration, an oil company with assets primarily in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Utah, will soon be recycling its wastewater with the dual intention of improving its bottom line and ensuring it has enough water for its hydraulic fracturing operations. The company is building a wastewater recycling facility in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, to the … Read more »

Fracking Wastewater Treatment Spending to Triple

Fracking Wastewater Treatment Spending to Triple

Wastewater treatment spending for fracking is expected to grow almost three-fold, from $138 million in 2014 to $357 million in 2020, according to a report by Bluefield Research. Overall, the US fracking industry will spend $6.38 billion in 2014 on water management, including water supply, transport, storage, treatment and disposal. … Read more »

Tracers Developed for Tracking Frack Fluids

A team of US and French scientists have developed geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment, giving oil and gas drillers a new tool for monitoring water quality near their operations. The tracers have been field-tested at a spill … Read more »

Fracking May Face Severe Water Competition

Fracking May Face Severe Water Competition

Hydraulic fracturing companies working to develop shale gas may encounter intense competition for water, as 38 percent of the world’s shale resources are either under extremely high water stress or facing arid conditions, according to a report by the World Resources Institute. The report ranks water stress across the 20 … Read more »

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer, Apache Have Greatest Fracking Water Risks

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer, Apache Have Greatest Fracking Water Risks

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer and Apache have the highest exposure to water exposure risks among hydraulic fracturing companies, according to a report by Ceres. But many more companies connected to fracking face long-term water sourcing risks, according to the non-profit. These include the top three service providers, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, … Read more »

Walmart

Policy & Enforcement: Wal-Mart Safety, S. Korea Power Crunch, Calif. Offshore Fracking

Wal-Mart Stores has resolved two Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement actions by agreeing to improve worker safety and health conditions in nearly 2,900 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, following alleged repeat and serious violations at a store in Rochester, N.Y. The company also will pay a $190,000 fine, Bloomberg … Read more »

Standards & Compliance: Fracking Water, Denver ISO, Gazprom

An ASTM International subcommittee has formed to develop standards to assess water quality of fracking fluids and determine impacts of a spill, including possible contamination. Subcommittee D19.09 on Water – Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids is developing the proposed standard WK40832, Test Method for Measurement of Dissolved Gases Methane, Ethane, Ethylene and Propane … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RGGI Emissions Limits, Pesticide Ban

Preliminary findings of a federal study into fracking show no evidence that chemicals from a western Pennsylvania drilling operation contaminated drinking water aquifers. The AP describes this as the first independent study into whether the chemicals from normal drilling operations pose a threat to people. Federal judge Carl Barbier dismissed … Read more »

Fracking Should Up Recycled Water Use, Ceres Says

Fracking Should Up Recycled Water Use, Ceres Says

Hydraulic fracturing operations should scale up their use of recycled water and non-freshwater resources, and practice better water management planning if shale energy production is to grow as projected, a Ceres research paper says. Most fracking to extract shale gas is happening in water-stressed regions of the US, such as … Read more »

Aquatech to Treat Shale Gas Wastewater

Industrial water and wastewater technology company Aquatech has been granted a permit to operate a Pennsylvania facility targeting regional shale gas producers. The facility, located in Tioga County, will feature Aquatech’s MoTreat and MoVap process units, a pretreatment and distillation evaporator system designed to treat drill fluids, frac flowback, production … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »