A centralized wastewater treatment facility in Bradford County, Pa., will treat wastewater generated during development of oil and gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica shales.
Construction by Eureka Resources LLC,
Williamsport, Pa., will allow for recycling of shale water for use at future
well sites. In addition, the plans include a concentrated-brine crystallizer to
allow for beneficial reuse of byproducts extracted from the water.
Phase one of the two-phase project
includes pretreatment of 10,000 barrels/day of multiple fluids such as drilling
muds, flow-back water and produced water. The treated water will be trucked
offsite for reuse, temporarily stored onsite for later reuse, or disposed of
through an existing facility.
The second phase includes construction of
a concentrated brine crystallizer to allow advanced treatment of the pretreated
effluent. The unit will generate solid-phase crystallized salt cake, a
concentrated liquid brine purge stream and distilled water, depending on the
oil and gas operator’s needs.
New Plant to Treat Shale Wastewater
July 20, 2012