The DEP sees this use of the mining wastewater for fracking operations as a way to decrease the oil and gas industry’s reliance on freshwater sources. A drilling operator seeking to use mining wastewater must submit an application to the DEP, accompanied by sampling data to show the level of pollutants.
The applicant must also provide details about the anticipated method of wastewater storage and develop remediation and treatment plans if the water is expected to be released back into the environment after the fracking operation.
See the DEP’s White Paper: Utilization of Mine Influenced Water for Natural Gas Extraction Activities
This article was prepared by Barclay R. Nicholson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 713 651 3662) from Fulbright's Energy Practice.