The Argyle – Bartonville Community Alliance blog provides a reasonable, ethical solution to prevent DISH II and alludes to some crafty political dealings from a stacked deck that dealt one neighborhood a bad hand. This is also the solution to the OH, SO, UGLY mess in Flower Mound.
Runner Susan takes it a step further and points her finger at the dealers in the game of underhanded machinations and deceitful stratagems which are all too familiar in the Barnett Shale: some profit at the expense of others.
There is really no sense for all this unpleasantness. Texas OGAP has provided a blueprint for operators to Drill-Right Texas. These best practices are already in use in other areas so ask your elected officials: Why not Texas?
The solution given by ABCAlliance is a reasonable one that Williams uses in other areas.
Williams Production recycles all of the water it produces during drilling and gas production, Dave Cesark, an environmental specialist for the company, said at the Colorado River District’s annual water seminar in Grand Junction Friday.
“We take water very seriously at Williams. We do our best to conserve water, to recycle it and to minimize our fresh-water use,” Cesark said.
David Grisso, an operations field leader with EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), said the company expects to recycle a total of about 8.5 million barrels of produced water in its Piceance Basin operations this year. Water is injected into a well to fracture it to increase production, then brought back up for fracturing in a different well.
“If I can use produced water to ‘frac’ with, I don’t need river water, fresh water,” Grisso said.
Cluster drilling is a new approach that Williams is using in some areas BUT NOT IN OURS. One of the components of cluster drilling is onsite water recycling.
Williams says they can’t use cluster drilling where “exploratory drilling is occurring” because it’s too expensive. Since the Barnett Shale is an established field with an over 90% success rate they can’t legitimately call this area and exploratory area.
It seems the Garfield County Commissioners and Planning Commission are pressuring Williams to use best practices. I wonder what might happen in this area if our elected officials had the political will to pressure for best practices.
Ecosphere president Dennis McGuire says that the letter of intent calls for the company to provide its mobile water recycling services to Williams at select well sites in the Barnett shale. Ecosphere and Williams will work closely to submit all forms and applications to the Texas Railroad Commission for final approval.
“We are very honored that Williams has chosen to work with Ecosphere to help preserve, protect and enhance vital water resources and the quality of the environment in the Barnett shale,” McGuire says.
Williams’ Bob Gibson says, “As a company, we believe in responsible development and doing things the right way. We’re committed to working with our neighbors and landowners in a manner that respects their local interests. We look forward to starting this effort, pending final approval from the Texas Railroad Commission.”
McGuire says that with the potential for gas production growing in the Barnett shale and the greater Fort Worth Basin, proactive steps are being taken by energy companies to protect the environment. Recycling flowback water at the well site with Ecosphere technology has the potential to reduce well completion costs by preserving water resources as well as decrease traffic and associated carbon dioxide emissions from trucks hauling water to and from the drilling location. JAS