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Friday, February 27, 2009

More on Clinton Mayor's Plan to Treat Drilling Water

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Clinton Mayor Roger Rorie

A couple of days ago, I followed up on a DG report about Clinton Mayor Roger Rorie's plan to treat water used in the natural gas drilling process.  Here's another good story on the issue from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

If it's proven successful, it could be a breakthrough for natural gas producers. Shale fields such as the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas and the Barnett Shale in North Texas require millions of gallons per well. And they continue to produce more water for years. The water typically has high levels of salt and can be contaminated with drilling chemicals, metals and crude oil.

Disposing of the water has been one of the biggest technical challenges. Operators in Arkansas have been spraying the wastewater on open land. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued a moratorium on new pits in the fall and shut down two existing pits in December, spokesman Aaron Sadler said. Inspectors found oil in one such "land-applying" facility, and another one was found discharging contaminated water into a creek in a wildlife preserve, Sadler said.

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