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According to the IPAA, there are about 1.7 million fracked oil and gas wells in the U.S. as of 2021
Industry representatives like to highlight new jobs and the associated economic growth in nearby communities brought by new shale development
The rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas extraction has been credited with achieving actual energy independence for the US
Once a well has been fracked, some of the fluid is drawn back out, although the recovered amounts may vary significantly from well to well.
There are many detractors of hydraulic fracturing, just as there are many detractors for coal mining, hydroelectric dams, and nuclear power plants.
Starting off, building a well for a shale deposit looks a lot like building a regular well.
The supply of oil and natural gas embedded in the Earth is still very large
In simplest terms, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a technique involving the delivery of large quantities of specially formulated “slickwater”
Onsite remediation, for drilling wastewater and mud, is one of the most challenging aspects of oilfield design.
Flaring is one of the most controversial ,yet important, parts of operating an active oil or gas pumping operation.
Most reserve pits, built on the oilfield, are divided not by their specific use for processing but rather they length of time they’ll hold the same wastewater.
Most of the pits and ponds installed around an oilfield will be filled with liquids and sludges that are lightly to heavily flammable.
Drilling pads are the heart of the oilfield operation and they deserve plenty of attention to ensure they’re meeting all local and state regulations on environmental protection.
With so many lining materials commonly sold for pond use today, it’s easy to assume that the majority of them might work well for pits on the oilfield.
Frac pits may be designed with care and covered with liners warrantied to last decades, but they’re usually only used from six months to a few years at most.
Hydraulic fracturing sites often have half a dozen or more unique types of ponds and pits in order to manage the various risks around the property.
Selecting the right liner material is important for every pond, impoundment, and other water-holding area.
With millions of gallons of fresh water going into each hydraulic fracturing well, it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of gallons can come back out.
It’s well-known that produced water, in particular, can have negative effects on the water and soil surrounding the oil field.
The hydraulic fracturing work site is often full of various basins, pits, and ponds to hold fluids and other materials close to the active well pads.
If you’re looking at the cost of building multiple containment basins for your oil field, you may wonder why you need concrete or flexible polymer liners at all.
When you first begin researching and planning for secondary containment on an oil field, it’s necessary to start at the top and work downward in terms of regulations.
Reading the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations is a good place to start when planning secondary containment for an oil field.
Since there’s often a lower volume of storage and a greater focus on production on the oil field, many operators and owners wonder why they need to be so concerned with spills at all.
Every containment situation, even for a single 55-gallon drum of oil, comes with its own challenges.