The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on a draft study that examines how onshore oil and natural gas wastewater can be better managed as it continues to increase in basins across the country.
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State and federal officials hope to finalize by year’s end a draft proposal about how arid New Mexico can better use oil and gas wastewater.
An appeals court sided with EQT Corp. this week, affirming a district court’s decision to strike down a West Virginia county’s ordinance banning oil and natural gas wastewater injection wells.
Efforts to manage the potential risk for oilfield activity-induced earthquakes in Oklahoma are starting to pay off, state geological and regulatory officials said Tuesday, while acknowledging that additional research is needed for what is a continuing conundrum.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved a key permit amendment that would allow Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC to discharge wastewater from a treatment plant that it plans to build at the site of its proposed ethane cracker in Beaver County.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has issued two wastewater discharge permits and a 401 Water Quality Certification to a subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) pcl for its proposed ethane cracker in Belmont County, OH. The permits would allow the facility to discharge wastewater into the Ohio River and storm water into a stream and the river. The agency said PTTGC plans to select one of those to develop. The water quality certificate would allow the discharge of dredged or fill material into streams and wetlands during construction. OEPA said the permits require stronger monitoring requirements and more “detailed analysis” of wastewater intake structures. PTTGC has signed purchase options for nearly 500 acres along the river in Mead Township and invested $100 million for preliminary design work. The company is expected to make a final investment decision sometime early this year.
A municipal wastewater treatment plant in San Francisco’s East Bay suburbs has been tapped to pursue a possible pilot test of a new technology aimed at producing various transportation fuels ranging from gasoline to renewable natural gas (RNG) using wastewater solids. A similar project is being pursued in Vancouver, British Columbia, on a shorter, two-year time table.
With a series of technology collaborations, Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) has turned its 1,100 MW natural gas-fired Mountainview generation plant in Redlands, CA, into an efficiency and water-saving model.
ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. has reached a settlement with Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane’s office nearly three years after the state filed criminal charges against the company for an alleged discharge of wastewater at a drilling site in 2010.
Researchers have found traces of oil and gas wastewater in surface waters near an injection well in Fayette County, WV, according to the results of a pair of recent studies conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Missouri and Duke University.