"CASPER — A new facility in the Red Desert west of Rawlins promises to provide oil and gas operators with an environmentally friendly choice for handling water produced during drilling.
Oil and gas drilling produces large amounts of water, much of which is contaminated with oil, hydrofracturing chemicals and mineral solids.
Red Desert Water Reclamation’s $8 million, 100-acre plant can treat about 20,000 barrels of produced water daily and render it clean enough for agricultural use, said Richard Cyr, senior vice president of Cate Street Capital. It will open in October.
Portsmouth, N.H.-based Cate Street Capital owns the Red Desert project; Clean Runner, which developed the technology, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cate Street Capital.
Cyr said oil and gas operators typically used one of two methods to handle produced water.
First, the water can be reinjected, a technique whose days are probably numbered, Cyr said. Or oil and gas operators can put water into evaporation ponds.
At the Red Desert plant, water can be cleaned and reused to a quality level suitable for irrigation or it can be reused in hydrofracturing. Oil in the water can be recovered and sold, he said." More>>>>