Monthly Archives: December 2012

Voluntary Compliance: Overcoming Permit Protests of SWD Wells

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Disposal Well Protests:Injection wells, especially those associated with the Shale-Gas play, appear like a drum-beat in the national news media. Injection wells have lately drawn local and national protests from citizens fearing environmental impacts. Disposal well operators and investors need to be aware of public attitudes and perceptions and especially how these perceptions can be mediated by actions of operators. One operator’s responses in particular are perhaps an indication of the changes in public opinion.

 

Joint venture operating partners received a permit for a commercial Class II disposal well in Oklahoma, one of a few states who distinguish commercial and private disposal wells in the oil and gas Underground Injection Control (UIC) sector. A private well can only accept waste from the operator’s… Continue reading

Underground Injection Issues – State Regulations

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The Saltwater Disposal Institute (SDI) specializes in economical, safe management of oil and gas wastes, primarily waste water via deep-well injection. We publish this blog in order to shed light on regulatory trends, public attitudes, and industry responses for operators and investors.

Are Class II (oil and gas wastes) Disposal Wells Different from Commercial Disposal Wells?
Disposal wells are the final tier of Pollution Prevention and waste management; they remove wastes from the environment in a singularly permanent fashion by emplacing the material deep underground. Class II wells handle oil and gas wastes that are specifically exempt from Federal RCRA Subtitle C (hazardous waste) regulations. Class II Commercial wells (sometimes called Class IIC) accept waste water from any oil and/or gas well for a… Continue reading

Promised Land in OK: Results of a Public Protest Hearing

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In light of the public awareness in fracking associated with the new movie Promised Land and recent documentary Gasland, operators in the oil and gas sector (which includes the saltwater management industry) must be aware of the changing political situation and the growing national and local opposition to fracking and saltwater injection wells. At the November 30th Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) 2012 Oil and Gas Institute entitled, “The Oklahoma Standard: Oklahoma Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice”, the sixth, and last panel discussion of the day, “Review and Comment – Current issues Impacting the OCC’s Oil and Gas Conservation Adjudication Process” addressed such concerns.
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Kathy McKeown of Tulsa told the November 30th meeting about a case that she… Continue reading

Does saltwater disposal cause earthquakes?

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.Underground Injection Issues – Seismicity
The Saltwater Disposal Institute (SWDI) specializes in economical, safe management of Oil and Gas wastes, primarily waste water and primarily via deep-well injection. We will publish this blog on a regular basis to shed light on regulatory trends and industry responses for the benefit of general public and industry investors.
Deep-well injection in the news:
Injection wells, especially those associated with the Shale-Gas play; appear every day in the national news media. Conflicting stories often appear side-by-side in print, internet, and on broadcast news. Well owners and investors must be aware of potential environmental liabilities associated with disposal wells and earthquakes. Several well-known and researched seismic events form the nugget of these news stories; summaries are provided below:
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Underground Injection Issues for Investors

Underground Injection Issues for Investors

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The Saltwater Disposal Institute (SWDI) specializes in economical, safe management of Oil and Gas wastes, primarily waste water via deep-well injection. We will publish this blog on a weekly basis to shed light on regulatory trends, industry responses and implications for investors.
Deep-well injection in the news: The nation’s media are packed with stories about Shale-Gas, in particular hydro-fracturing of gas wells and deep disposal of frack-fluids into injection wells. While both of these processes involve the deep emplacement of water, there are significant differences that must be understood by citizens and investors.
Æ Shale-Gas hydro-fracturing is a recent refinement of what has been a standard tool in the oil industry for at least 60 years when water and other… Continue reading