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Marcellus Fracking Wastewater Disposal is Close to Solved

by Kenneth E. DuBose on July 12, 2011

Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing wastewater will not be a problem long.  Marry an entrepreneurial spirit with a problem that has been answered elsewhere and you’ll find someone who will build a business around it.  Waste water treatment is a growing concern as drilling continues in the Marcellus Shale, but it looks like the combination of oil & gas companies and others will find a quick solution.  Operators are recycling frack water and using disposal wells to rid themselves of the waste.  The newest ideas will use heat and other methods to purify the water for future use. Other places have faced the same concerns and found solutions, so I expect this will become a non-issue sooner than later.

“Marcellus Shale gas wells have proven to be prodigious producers not just of natural gas, but of toxic wastewater, too.”

“Ted Leisenring thinks he can make money off both.”

“Leisenring, 57, a Berwyn businessman, is cooking up a project to build a power plant to generate electricity by burning Marcellus gas, and then use the plant’s heat to purify wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing process.”

” ‘This is a no-discharge solution for frack water,’ said Leisenring, whose venture is called Marcellus Power Solutions L.L.C.”

Read the full news release at philly.com

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