Pennsylvania wastewater management company Eureka Resources LLC plans tobegin operating a $25 million crystallizer and methanol recovery system in Lycoming and Bradford counties in 2014 that it began in 2012 (see Shale Daily, May 21, 2012). The systems would separate metals and other components from produced oil and gas water to make oil, methanol and sodium chloride that would be sold back to energy producers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
The University of Coloradoand the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration plan to continue with a study to determine how much methane is leaking from the Marcellus, Fayetteville and Haynesville shales. Researchers plan to pick up where they left off in 2012 by using airplanes to make flyovers that search for leaks. Preliminary results from the 2012 study showed high levels of methane leaking from the gas fields, but conclusions are yet to come.