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Ohio water district to sell treated sewage water for fracking

By Bob Downing Published: December 21, 2012

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.*



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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.