What is Saltwater Reclamation/Disposal?

There cannot be production without disposal.

Oil reservoirs and natural gas are generally found in porous rocks known to contain saltwater. During production, saltwater will accompany oil to the surface. The result is a need to reclaim and/or dispose of the saltwater derived from the drilling process. In the case of natural gas, the "fracing" process adds chemicals to the water which also must be properly cleaned and stored. The water gleaned from the drilling process contains residual oil, gas elements and other contaminants that must be disposed or reclaimed.


What is a disposal well?

A saltwater disposal well is very similar in structure to a producing oil or gas well. It has production tubing and casing like any other well. Instead of extracting hydrocarbons and water, these wells are used to dispose of the saltwater from other producing wells. The saltwater is injected into porous zones deep within the earth.

Why are disposal wells needed?

Disposal wells are a critical component of the entire oil and gas industry. Most wells also produce large quantities of water in conjunction with the oil and gas that is produced. This water has to be disposed of in an approved facility. Water transport trucks load water from the storage tanks and haul the contents to a nearby disposal well.

The Market: Oil & Gas

Analysts at Raymond James are predicting that the USA could be energy independent by 2020.

Opportunities in the production of oil and gas continue to emerge in various states in our country as the demand for energy expands. The need to balance America’s needs and environmentally conscious production makes water reclamation a critical component in the process.

Consumed vs. Produced

In 2009, the United States consumed 22% of the world’s oil and produced 11%.

Energy Demands

Oil and gas supplies more than 60% of our total energy demands.

3rd Largest Producer

The United States is the world’s 3rd largest producer of oil.

Largest Oil Deposit Ever Found in US

Discovered in Texas

"The U.S. Geological Survey recently discovered the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever found in the United States, officials said Tuesday.

The agency announced that the Wolfcamp shale, located in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin, contains 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquid.

The oil is worth around $900 billion at current prices, Bloomberg News reported."

-USA Today, November 17, 2016

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