FOOTPRINT / Devon frack water recycling plan = fail with “where feasible” language?

Screen shot 2014-12-26 at 6.59.54 AM    “The EFD (Environmentally Friendly Drilling program) is investigating the use of membrane filtration systems for removing suspended solids from water based drilling wastes ..”

The above chart shows the footprint changes from surface to subsurface over a thirty year period, but the industry writes about the strategic distances (well spacing and more well spacing) from each well head. Any Google Earth drive by shows the insane SURFACE build out of all these fracking horizontal wells. Now there is also a water footprint that is becoming very important to the all of us stakeholders…

The two most common methods of flow back brine treatment is…

1) thermal desalination (boil and evaporate?…uuugh) and

2) membrane desalination techniques (now Dow is in the shale play/recycle water game)

The WaxachachieTX blogspot reported in 2008 of two Railroad Commission approved frac water recycling projects (my notes in boldface)

“The first pilot program, by Fountain Quail Water Management of Jacksboro, was approved in 2005 and has been a technical success (technical success? meaning NOT cost effective?). Fountain Quail, using a mobile heated distillation system (that probably vents the nasties into the open airshed), processed more than 1.6 million barrels of frac fluid to recover 1.3 million barrels of reusable water.”

Here is a video link (click on video labeled “Pioneers in Water Recycling”) where Devon worked with Fountain Quail on frac water recycling. They were not shy in this video to expound on how hard it is to recycle this stuff.

Fast forward almost a decade later 2014, Devon’s “Water Principles” uses the fail language of “where feasible”…..uuh ohh!

(I boldfaced for emphasis) “Devon is committed to the principles of water conservation and reuse where feasible in its operations through the following:

  • Educating and working closely with governmental authorities, communities, businesses and members of the public concerning water usage needs and the necessity of water management
  • Identifying usage needs, determining resource availability and monitoring water use
  • Applying conservation practices and identifying opportunities to improve water use efficiency
  • Supporting research to develop fresh water minimization practices for our operations
  • Employing economically and operationally feasible alternatives to fresh water usage
  • Advocating for appropriate regulations on water use and reuse
  • Continuing to employ prudent operating practices to ensure the protection of surface and groundwater
  • Planning for operations to continue if water availability becomes constrained

Published: July 2014

So I emailed Devon asking what percentage of fracking waste related fluids is getting recycled, what methods they are using, and what percent of Devon jobs is actually recycling the waste waters….I don’t expect them to answer me back.

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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