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  • Putting the ‘safe’ in hazardous oil wasteApril 27, 2015

    By John D. Taylor
    Rick Chaffee stands in front of a dozen enormous liquid storage tanks at a Salt Water Disposal (SWD) facility, a couple miles west of Crosby, explaining how saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, is handled there.
    Chaffee is Secure Energy’s Facility Manager for Processing, Recovery and Disposal at the Crosby facility.
    Chaffee is understatedly proud of the facility’s ability to take what is basically a hazardous oilfield waste and deal with it in a rational, controlled way, keeping people safe, yet furthering the development of the Bakken’s job-producing oil resources.

    Secure’s Crosby SWD facility can handle up to 20,000 barrels – 840,000 gallons – of saltwater per day, Chaffee says, but it averages about 11,000 barrels – some 462,000 gallons – daily. Altogether, the facility can hold some 12.7 million barrels of saltwater. To get a visual sense of this, 5 million barrels of water represents a football field of water, about 2.5 miles high.

    The process
    Strings of semi-trucks haul loads of saltwater to Secure’s Crosby SWD facility because regional oil wells produce two to six barrels of saltwater for each barrel of oil they pump out, according to Chaffee. To continue reading, click here.