- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Georgia company plans to open a facility in the Powder River Basin that will separate water from oil produced by the area’s proliferating oil wells.

The $22 million facility near Bill will begin accepting produced water this month. An associated landfill will open next year, the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1owisud) reported Wednesday.

The facility will separate water from oil in a series of storage tanks before putting the water in four-acre evaporation ponds. The water eventually will be sold back to drilling companies for use in hydraulic fracturing, said officials with Grasslands Environmental.

“By doing that, we will be able to cut the amount of water being taken out of the aquifer here for fracking,” said Ernest Kauffman, president of Grasslands Environmental parent company Green Group Holdings of Canton, Georgia.

The facility awaits a permit for its solid waste landfill. The company hopes to build at least one more facility in Wyoming, Kauffman said.

The facility is among several in eastern Wyoming tied to the region’s growing oilfields.

Badger Mining recently presented plans to the Converse County Commission to open a sand depot north of Douglas. Drilling companies mix sand with the large volumes of water they pump into wells during fracking. The sand helps to keep open the tiny rock fissures created by fracking.

Three oil-to-rail facilities have opened in the Powder River Basin in the past year.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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