Shale Water Management Company Secures Funding

Although commodity prices have depressed oil and natural gas activity across the shales, Keller, TX-based Fountain Quail Water Management LLC was recently able to secure a commitment for up to $40 million of private equity financing to expand North American operations.

February 17, 2016

Texas Researchers Develop More Efficient Membrane Water Filtration

A membrane-based filtration system being developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) could improve the efficiency of mobile water recycling systems used in conjunction with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities.

August 16, 2013

Bakken Water Recycling Solution Emerges

Initial tests of a process used in the Bakken Shale in North Dakota indicate that up to 80% of the water used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may be recycled successfully, according to the state’s chief oil and natural gas official.

November 26, 2012

Waste Not, Want Not Aim of Eagle Ford Recycling Project

To reduce the amount of drilling waste that has to be transported to landfills and to provide a renewable solution, Chesapeake Energy Corp. has begun an innovative recycling project with TWMA Ltd. in the Eagle Ford Shale.

October 9, 2012

Industry Brief

North America’s largest recycling/waste management natural gas-powered fleet cleaned up it act just a little more Friday with the opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the Houston area at Conroe, TX. Waste Management said it now has five CNG-fueled collection vehicles in the Houston area, and will have an additional 35 CNG-powered vehicles by the end of this year. A public station, the Conroe fueling facility, will service Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleet operators. Waste Management operates more than 1,400 CNG vehicles, the largest fleet in North America, and a spokesperson said that for every Class 8 diesel truck the company replaces with CNG, diesel use is replaced by an average of 8,000 gallons annually, which cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons. The self-service “Clean N’ Green station was built by California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

May 15, 2012

Group Lauds Colorado’s Fracking Rules, Suggests Minor Tweaks

A nonprofit organization that conducts voluntary reviews of state oil and natural gas regulations has made a few minor recommendations for Colorado’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) regulations, but concluded that the program is well managed and contains some strengths the shale gas industry would find noteworthy.

November 23, 2011

Flowback Water System Predicted to Become ‘Best Practice’

A new system for treating shale well flowback water at or near the source was introduced Tuesday near Fort Worth, TX, by Fountain Quail Water Management, a unit of Calgary-based Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc.

October 27, 2011

Susquehanna Commission Suspends Water Withdrawals

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has suspended 41 water withdrawals in Pennsylvania as of Monday afternoon because of low-flowing streams in the central part of the state, forcing many natural gas driller to stop taking water from certain local waterways.

July 26, 2011

No Plans to Lift Pennsylvania Forest Drilling Moratorium

Removing a moratorium on new drilling in Pennsylvania state forests is not a priority, the acting secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) told a state Senate committee during confirmation hearings earlier this month.

May 9, 2011

Industry Brief

An El Paso Corp.-operated well in North Louisiana is the first gas-producing well to be completed using all three of Halliburton’s proprietary CleanSuite production enhancement technologies for both hydraulic fracturing and water treatment, the companies said. More than four million gallons of an ecofriendly CleanStim fracture fluid system, which was first introduced by Halliburton last year (see Shale Daily, Nov. 16, 2010), was used to enhance the well, they said. CleanStim is a food-based fracking solution. Halliburton’s CleanStream process was used to treat nearly 4.8 million gallons of water and another one million gallons of produced water was prepared for recycling in the well through the CleanWave system.

May 6, 2011
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