As discussed in our Energy Forum earlier this year, "Water challenges in the oil and gas industry," the procurement and disposal of water are persistent challenges for the budding natural gas industry. Each horizontal well requires millions of gallons of chemically treated water in order to fracture the shale and produce oil and gas. Much of that water flows back to the surface (flowback), along with brine that is produced after fracturing is complete and production commences. All of this flowback and produced brine has to go somewhere, often to a Class II Injection Well. However, the drilling waste disposal landscape is beginning to change as injection wells are more frequently the target of concern, criticism and regulation.
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