Waste Water Treatment in Hydraulic Fracturing Expands Even as Fracking Gains a Foothold

Navigant Research featured in Environmental Leader

Navigant’s Anne Wrobetz looks at technologies for waste water treatment in hydraulic fracturing that mitigate concerns from industry about water safety in an article for Environmental Leader. Wrobetz notes the intricacies of the issue, stating the “…cost of treating water is higher than the cost of underground disposal, which ranges from about $4 to $10 per barrel. However, some states are adopting regulations about deep well injection. In Pennsylvania, for example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the permitting of Class II underground disposal wells. There are only seven active disposal wells for oil & gas use in Pennsylvania. Increasing regulation and changes in economic conditions are causing the demand for water treatment to expand rapidly.”


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