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Houston-based firm to treat wastewater for Chesapeake

December 7, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM - A Houston-based environmental and energy services company is planning to build a wastewater treatment facility in Carroll County for Chesapeake Energy.

Tervita Corporation uses hybrid water recycling technology that can remove hydrocarbons and suspended solids from produced water, top-hole drilling water and well pad rain water.

In a prepared release on Thursday, the company said it was awarded the contract to treat Chesapeake water in its Utica shale production in Ohio.

The process will help to help Chesapeake efficiently continue its Aqua Renew program by recycling water in its operations.

Tervita said there is also an option to implement mobile water treatment technology.

In addition to these services to Chesapeake Energy, Tervita said it can provide hardness removal, well site sludge and ponds treatment, if necessary.

Company officials were unable to get back with details on Thursday regarding the exact siting, acreage, number of employs and capital investment for the facility.

Carroll County Commissioner Thomas A. Wheaton returned a call on the answering machine but could not be reached for comment later on.

Phil Vogel, president of Tervita U.S., said, "This is a great opportunity for us to partner with one of the major players in the Utica by recycling and reusing a resource as vital as water,.

"Tervita's water treatment capabilities and technologies, paired with our integrated service offerings, are invaluable to our customers as they continue to put more effort into responsible and sustainable resource development."

Tervita can also deploy its proprietary Mobile Processing System to treat flowback and produced water by removing unwanted suspended solids, so water can be reused.

"Chesapeake Energy is pleased to select Tervita as our Utica water treatment vendor," stated Tim Dugan, Chesapeake Energy district manager, Utica.

"Tervita's treatment process will provide clean water and decrease our process costs which will increase our efficiency with reusing water."

In addition to water treatment technologies, Tervita offers a variety of environmental solutions in the Utica and Marcellus shale play, including engineered landfills, closed-loop systems, drilling fluids services and frack tank rentals.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a Top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company's operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. Chesapeake owns leading positions in the Eagle Ford, Utica,Granite Wash, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Mississippi Lime and Niobraraun conventional liquids plays and in the Marcellus,Haynesville/Bossier and Barnett unconventional natural gas shale plays.

The company recently invested significant resources to develop three new oilfield waste handling facilities in northeast British Columbia's Horn River Basin and Montney play regions, according to Tervita's website.

The three facilities opened in May and June 2012 and the company said they highlight its commitment to siting waste management infrastructure close to customers' operations saving them transportation costs and time, while reducing risk and maximizing netbacks.

Garry A. Smith, Tervita's President, Waste Processing, says, "We strive to be responsive to industry needs, and the three new waste facilities we have developed are a customer-driven solution to support northeast B.C. gas producers.

Tervita has 4,600 employees in 120 locations in the U.S. and Canada. It maintains a strategically located network of more than 95 state-of-the-art waste management facilities and a fleet of specialized equipment and assets to help customers address production and operational waste challenges.

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