Balancing the risk of well damage with the economic benefits of frac wastewater reuse can be difficult. In conjunction with Environmental Daily Advisor, Anguil Aqua Systems has sponsored a detailed report which answers some of the tough questions about fracking and water use.
- Why Recycle?
- Why isn't recycling a widespread practice?
- How to manage the perceived risks of wastewater reuse
- What are the emerging technologies?
- What are the regulatory risks?
The reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the increase in U.S. exports of natural gas are directly related to natural gas resources in the United States that have become more accessible through hydraulic fracturing. However, companies have come to realize that due to the amount of water needed in the fracking process, the use of freshwater is unsustainable. Recycling frac fluids would not only mitigate the need for freshwater, but would also provide an alternative to the costs and problems of disposing of wastewater.
Concerns that the use of recycled frac fluids would damage wells have held operators back from embracing recycling even though recycling has proven to be much less expensive than using freshwater. However, major operators are demonstrating that certain frac fluids that are recycled properly do not damage wells, making recycling increasingly attractive to operators.
Download a complimentary copy of the report to learn this and more about the evolving landscape of hydraulic fracturing.