Geologist Discusses Hydrofracking

Published 08/07 2014 04:41PM

Updated 08/07 2014 05:21PM

At a Greater Binghamton Chamber meeting Thursday morning, a geologist highlighted what he calls a major fracking success story in the Marcellus Shale.

John Conrad, of the environmental and engineering consulting company PVE Sheffler, says one of the challenges that gas companies ran into when drilling in the shale, is the large amount of salt water that comes up with the gas.

Wastewater treatment plants couldn't adequately treat it, so the gas industry was forced to develop a new plan.

"Over the last five years, the industry has really for the first time ever begun to recycle the vast majority of the salt water and they reuse it in subsequent hydraulic fracturing. And, so that has really has reduced the amount of fresh water that is consumed for hydraulic fracturing and it's a safe way for managing the salt water that does come out of the ground," said Conrad.

Conrad spoke at the Greater Binghamton Chamber's Eggs and Issues breakfast in Binghamton.

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