A new bill intended to encourage the use of treated mine water in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania could create more demand for Winner Water Services’ AMD treatment technology.
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf signed Senate Bill 875, the Treated Mine Water Act, which allows oil and gas companies to use and transport AMD without the threat of liability for cost, injury, or damage arising from the used of AMD.
According to the bill, treated coal mine water can be effectively substituted for fresh water for oil and gas well development, which conserves sources of fresh water. Companies are immune from liability of using AMD as long as it’s for use outside of the boundaries of the permitted mining activity site, is for oil and gas development, and that the mine operator is not the same person using the treated mine water for oil and gas well development.
The company’s Hydroflex technology treats acidic draining seeping from abandoned coal mines for use as a hydraulic fracturing water source. Since opening its treatment facility in Sarver, Penn. Last year, the company has treated more 3 million gallons of mine water, Winner Water Services CEO Carolyn Kotsol told Rigzone in an interview.
Kotsol believes that the bill could open up greater used of treated mine water, depending on how far acid mine drainage water sources are located from drilling sites. The Sarver facility can treat up to 144,000 gallons per day of water. The company’s second facility at Sykesville, Pennsylvania can have available 1 million gallons per day of water. Since opening the Sarver facility, the company has come a long way in confirming the technology’s effectiveness.
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