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Frack Water Recycling is Gaining Popularity

by Kenneth E. DuBose on November 1, 2011

Frack water recycling is gaining popularity as the volume of water used rises across popular shale plays. In a year of record drought in Texas, you can bet water concerns will become a larger issue if rain doesn’t come. It’s perception if nothing else. Millions of gallons are used in oil & gas completions and recycling increases the useful life of the water. It also saves the industry from the need for disposal wells.

When a Barnett Shale gas well is fractured, 2 million to 3 million gallons of water, along with a large volume of sand and a lesser quantity of chemicals, are pumped down a wellbore under high pressure to create fractures in rock, through which gas can flow into the wellbore.

On a typical Barnett Shale gas well, roughly 10 to 20 percent of the water used in fracking might come back up the well as “flowback water” that can be recycled.

The Rover “is a system you can basically drive from well pad to well pad,” said Luke Thomas, vice president of business development for Fountain Quail, a subsidiary of Aqua-Pure Ventures, based in Calgary, Alberta.

In a statement, Aqua-Pure Chairman Richard Magnus said, “We believe this technology, which enables producers to recycle water on demand near the wellhead, will quickly become a widely accepted practice in our industry.”

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