Volume 3, Number 26 - September 25, 2003
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by Cat Urbigkit
With last December's opening of Anticline Disposal LLC's Jensen Facility, natural gas operators were presented with a new alternative for disposal of produced wastewater.
The water accepted at the facility, which is located off the Boulder South Road, has been deemed non-hazardous, and consists of recovered frac water and produced water. The facility is located on 40 acres of private property that is leased from Wayne and Kay Jensen. It is permitted by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's water quality division and by county zoning under a conditional use permit.
Water trucks enter the facility, present their trucking manifest, and pump the water into separator tanks where condensate is separated from the water. The production water is then pumped into the pit or cell, where sprinklers distribute it into the air for evaporation.
Each cell is triple lined, and has a four-part leak-detection piping system, to aid in identifying the source of a leak should one occur. Among other protective measures, four monitoring wells are used to collect baseline water quality information for the site, and allow any changes to be detected.
Anticline Disposal LLC has also posted a $1 million closure bond, according to managing partner Bill Fiant. That bond is based on the worst-case scenario for closure and cleanup of the site.
Fiant said the initial investment in getting the facility operating cost $1.6 million, while the expansion involved another $3.8 million investment.
Another significant milestone occurred recently when Anticline Disposal obtained a 10-and-one-half-mile stretch of the old El Paso pipeline from Duke Energy. The 8-inch line obtained by Anticline Disposal begins about five miles north of the Jensen Facility on the west side of the New Fork River. It traverses several miles of anticline development occurring on the Mesa, crosses under the river to the Jensen Facility, and proceeds south from there.
"Mechanically that line is in pristine condition," Fiant said.
While plans for use of the pipeline haven't been finalized, Fiant said there appears to be considerable interest in using the line in this manner.
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