From the Marcellus Drilling News:
The Buckeye Water District, a municipal sewer and water authority in Wellsville (Columbiana County), OH, voted yesterday to sell treated sewage water for use in fracking Utica Shale wells. MDN would call that a win/win and smart.
Just how much are companies willing to pay for treated sewage water to use in fracking?
The deal is a bit complicated (see below), but the upshot is Keystone Clearwater Solutions, the company doing the buying, will pay $6.60 per thousand gallons for treated sewage water.
The Buckeye Water District board on Thursday approved a one-year agreement to supply bulk water for use in the shale gas industry.
BWD will sell treated water to Keystone Clearwater Solutions, a Hershey, Pa., based firm that “provides customized water transfer/frack support services and water supply/turnkey water intake construction/management for Marcellus & Utica Shale operators,” according to the company website.
Though a contract has yet to be written, BWD board President Mike Ryan announced the terms of the agreement.
Keystone will pay a bulk rate of $6.60 per thousand gallons for the first 30 million gallons used, with the expectation of higher usage. Beyond that, the company will pay a descending scale of $12, $10, $8 or $6 per thousand depending on the daily volume used.
Keystone will pay all parts and supply costs for the installation of a transfer line near the Salineville sewage treatment plant on state Route 39, as well as a tap-in fee of $14,250. BWD will be responsible for the labor, which Ryan says will be performed by an outside contractor.*
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.