Antis Bully PA DEP to Reopen Wastewater Recycling Permit Renewals

We hate it when the bad guys win even a small victory, as has just happened. We told you last week about a group of radicalized anti-fossil fuelers who raised a stink with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Proteciton (DEP) over the DEP’s routine, nothing-to-see-here renewal of permits for already-running (with no operational problems) shale wastewater recycling facilities scattered around the state (see PA Antis Try to Block Permit Renewals for Shale Wastewater Recycling). And just like a cheap suit, DEP Secretary Pat McDonnell has folded and caved to antis’ demands to reopen the reissued permits.
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PA Antis Try to Block Permit Renewals for Shale Wastewater Recycling

A new attack against the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania comes from fossil fuel haters attempting to dispute permits reissued for existing (NOT new) shale wastewater storage and recycling facilities scattered across the state. Antis seek to shut down pipelines, rail shipments, recycling facilities, injection wells–anything they can to stop to prevent drillers from extracting natural gas from shale in the Keystone State. Sick people.
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Zenith Energy Buys Guttman Energy Terminals in PA, OH, WV

Zenith Energy, based in Houston, TX and Metuchen, NJ, announced yesterday it has purchased the bulk terminal storage operations of Guttman Energy in three locations: Aurora, Ohio, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, and Star City, West Virginia. Zenith says the reason for buying the terminals is to support customers in the Marcellus/Utica. What, exactly, is Zenith selling to M-U customers?
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List of 27 Shale Wastewater Recycling Facilities in 11 PA Counties

Every now and again we happen across information we think is kind of cool–things that others miss. This is one of those times. In many areas of shale drilling in Pennsylvania the drillers recycle 100% (or near 100%) of shale wastewater, both flowback (from fracking) and brine (naturally-occurring water from the depths comes out long after fracking is done). The recycled wastewater is then used to drill and frack more wells. We discovered a handy list of at least 27 such wastewater recycling facilities (and their locations in 11 different counties) spread across the Keystone State.
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Gov. Wolf Refuses to Block Plum, PA Wastewater Injection Well

Like 99% of Hail Mary passes, the effort by environmental radicals in southwestern PA to block a forthcoming shale wastewater injection well has failed. As we told you last week, a group of antis, in a desperate final attempt to block an injection well in Plum (Allegheny County), PA, threw a Hail Mary pass by asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to assume dictatorial powers and block the project (see Antis Ask Gov. Wolf to Block PA DEP Permit for Plum Injection Well). Wolf declined.
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Antis Ask Gov. Wolf to Block PA DEP Permit for Plum Injection Well

Anti-fossil fuel zealots sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf two days ago asking him to use dictatorial powers to overturn a permit issued by the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) that allows a wastewater injection well to be built in Penn Township. The radical group ProtectPT (funded by Heinz Endowments and Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt), along with a number of other oddball groups, lobbed a Hail Mary, asking Wolf to exercise his “supreme executive power” to stop the project. Perhaps they’re confusing Wolf with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un?
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Barging Fracked Wastewater on Ohio River Approved! Starts in 1Q21

We have some super-exciting news to share–what we believe is an MDN exclusive. DeepRock Disposal Solutions has secured all of the necessary permits and authorizations it needs (over 30!), including authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard, to begin transporting shale (produced) wastewater via barge on the Ohio River. DeepRock will begin its barge service in first quarter 2021.
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Nuverra Swallows Poison Pill to Prevent Hostile Takeover

Nuverra Environmental Solutions (formerly Heckmann) is one of the largest companies in the United States that handles transportation and disposal of shale drilling wastewater and leftover rock and dirt from drilling (drill cuttings). The company has major operations in the Marcellus/Utica region. Yesterday Nuverra announced its board of directors has approved the adoption of a “limited duration stockholder rights plan” (i.e. poison pill provision) to “protect stockholder interests.”
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Grant Twp, PA Sued 2nd Time for Illegal Law Banning Injection Well

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) had to file a second federal lawsuit against Grant Township, PA (located in Indiana County) to overturn the town’s patently illegal regulations that prevent PGE from establishing and using a safe wastewater injection well in a rural part of the town.
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OH Supreme Court Forces ODNR to Advance 2 Injection Well Permits

A long-stalled request for permits to build two wastewater injection wells in Belmont County, Ohio has just gotten a boost from the Ohio Supreme Court. Last year MDN told you about New Jersey-based Omni Energy Group and their application to build two new injection wells near St. Clairsville (see Belmont County Injection Well Plan Stirs Opposition from Coal Co.).
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New Wastewater Injection Well May be Coming to Dimock in NEPA

Here’s a first! Pennsylvania has (so far) issued 36 permits for frack wastewater injection wells. Every single one of those wells is located in the western part of the state. A frack wastewater company headquartered in Susquehanna County, PA (in the northeastern part of the state) is “exploring the possibility” of building an injection well in (no lie) Dimock! We love it!
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Eureka Can Supply 25% of US Lithium Demand from Marc. Wastewater

Eureka Resources, which operates three frack wastewater treatment facilities in the Marcellus Shale, is doing really cool stuff. In October 2019 the company began extracting lithium from Marcellus wastewater at one of its plants in Bradford County, PA (see Marcellus Wastewater Plant in PA Extracts 1st Batch of Lithium). On Tuesday the company announced it has received its fourth patent for its lithium extraction process. The company also said its plants can theoretically supply up to 25% of the country’s annual lithium demand–solely with lithium recovered from Marcellus wastewater!
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Bobcat Energy Plans 2nd Wastewater Injection Well Near Youngstown

Injection well process (click for larger version)

Last year Bobcat Energy Resources finished work on a Class II wastewater injection well in Coitsville Township, near Youngstown, OH, and began operating the well (see New Mahoning Injection Well Online Soon; OEPA Issues Violation). Bobcat has filed an application with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) to drill a second injection well at the same site. This is great news for Utica (and Marcellus) drillers that need a reliable way to dispose of large volumes of brine wastewater that comes out of wells for years after the wells are drilled and hooked to production.
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DeepRock & Fountain Quail Merge, Form Major M-U Injection Well Co.

Two shale wastewater injection well companies, DeepRock Disposal and Fountain Quail Energy Services, have merged. The combined company is keeping the DeepRock Disposal name. The new entity is one of the largest SWD (saltwater disposal well) operators in the Appalachian Basin with 12 wells located in Ohio and West Virginia (with permits for several more). However, the bigger news (for us) is that DeepRock plans to offload barged frack wastewater–very soon.
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OH Supremes Say ODNR Guilty of Takings re Trumbull Injection Well

Here’s a story we haven’t written about in two years. American Water Management Services (AWMS) owns a wastewater injection well in Trumbull County that supposedly caused a low-level earthquake (that nobody could feel) in 2014. Actually there are two injection wells located at the site, both operated by AWMS. They were both “temporarily” shut down by the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources following the quake nobody could feel (see ODNR Temporarily Shuts Down Injection Wells After Low-Level Quake).
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