These two stories drive home the importance of water issues to the development of shale energy. There is a growing chorus within and outside the E&P community that injection wells are not a long term solution to the wastewater. Research will continue on water recycling and on waterless fracking to address this critical issue.
The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) – a research center at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology – has been awarded more than $2M in state and federal grants to support research to clean the wastewater that results from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on site.
New permits were issued today for deep injection of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling. The first four permits went out to sites in Athens, Portage and Washington counties and another 28 sites will permitted in small batches within the coming months. Rick Simmers, head of the state’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources said, “we never had an official moratorium on issuing the permits, but we've asked the companies to work cooperatively with us as we upgrade our statutes and rules to make them even more stringent, and the companies have.”
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