SWDI Investors’ Guide – Business Plans

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SWDI Investors’ Guide – Business Plans                                                           May 15, 2013

A comprehensive business plan is a necessity for any new or existing SWD project. Business plan will detail the timing and magnitude of expenses and revenue and illustrate their effects on profits. The plan may include months just passed as well as future projections. The plan lays out in black and white the basics of the project for… Continue reading

Economics of Disposal Projects

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Income, costs, and profits from saltwater disposal (SWD) wells fit into a complex equation. If the investor is careful, costs and net revenue can be remarkably stable, leading to steady profits and reliable forecasts. This current post will take an abbreviated look at typical costs, market trends, potential problems and due-diligence issues for the careful investor.
CAPEX: Capital costs for disposal well projects can be listed in several categories:
  1. Well costs – whether drilling and completing a new well or purchase of an existing bore-hole – these costs can be very easily be into the millions. At least one well is needed but a back-up well is essential to provide constant service at a large disposal facility.
  2. Surface equipment – these items might range… Continue reading

Promised Land, The Movie Gets It Right

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 January 16, 2013

Last weekend was the first general release of the Gus Van Sandt – Matt Damon movie Promised Land. Dr Smith and I went to see it with a sense of trepidation and expectation – would the movie be a replay of GasLand, a string of unrelated videos or a real movie with characters and plot? We came away satisfied with the movie and glad to have invested the $10 (no popcorn). But I want to spoil it for you – this movie is not about environmental threats, it’s about local politics and as such it has the greatest relevance to the oil and gas operators and those investors in the saltwater disposal business.
Promised Land portrays life in a small… Continue reading

SWD Investors’ Guide to Water Treatment Schemes

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America’s oil and gas industry produces huge volumes of saltwater in lockstep with oil and gas production. Most hydrocarbon reservoirs contain water mixed with the hydrocarbons – it’s this water that is unavoidably produced to the surface. In addition to reservoir water, oil and gas producers sometimes add water to the subsurface environment by high pressure fracture treatments – fracking – and this water is eventually returned to the surface. Oilfield waste water, whether reservoir water or frack water, is almost all saltwater with salinities higher than sea water; there are few commercial uses for this water except to re-inject into the original reservoir to maintain pressure. If the produced water could be treated to make it less salty, it could be used to… Continue reading

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