Monday, August 10, 2009

Another Recycled Water Solution

International Paper and EXCO Resources have struck a deal for EXCO to use recycled water from IP's Mansfield Mill for its DeSoto Parish hydraulic fracturing operations in the Haynesville Shale. The deal is an experiment, and it expires September 30, 2009, although I'm sure it will become a long-term deal if it works for both parties.

This is good news because it provides a water solution that is not dependent on the existing aquifers, which are being stressed by competing users. It also provides a ready source of water in an area where it is not feasible to draw water from the Sabine or Red rivers.

Currently, IP discharges 12 million gallons of treated water per day into the Red River (which is odd because IP sources the water via pipeline from the Sabine River). EXCO will receive the water via a three mile pipeline and plans to use between two and five million gallons per day.

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