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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Has Technology Come to Save Us?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Clinton, AR

Clinton Mayor Roger Rorie has told the Democrat Gazette that his city has found a way to recycle contaminated water used in the drilling process.  We've spent a lot of time here discussing the impact of this left-over water and other drilling fluids.  In fact, back in October, I posted this note about how the technology existed to re-claim 70 percent of frack water used to drill gas wells.  I don't know off-hand, but I can just imagine it's expensive.  Rorie hopes the process will help create jobs for his town which has been hit hard by the recession.  He said he hopes to sell 80 out of every 100 gallons the city's sewer plant treats back to the gas companies for re-use.  "We feel like we have an answer for the Fayetteville Shale," Rorie said. 

I hope he's right. It can take up to five million gallons of water to drill one natural gas well.        

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