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Seeking Lower-Cost Ways to Deal with Fracturing Water

This illustration from Cetco Oilfield Services shows how tiny droplets of oil flowing in through the middle of a processing element coalesce. The polymer fibers inside slow the tiny drops, causing collisions creating larger drops that are pushed out by the flow of water and float up and out of the unit.

The management of water used for fracturing oil and gas wells is all over the map.

In Pennsylvania, most of the produced water is treated so it can be used again for fracturing, but some is cleaned to the point at which it meets the stringent requirements for river disposal.

In Texas, fracturing fluids generally use fresh water, and what flows back to the surface is injected into a deep disposal well.

 

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Seeking Lower-Cost Ways to Deal with Fracturing Water

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 November 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 11

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