By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
NEWPORT, Ohio – As GreenHunter Water officials await the Coast Guard’s approval to barge hydraulic fracking waste on the Ohio River from its facility in Warwood, the company has opened a brine injection plant in Washington County, Ohio.
GreenHunter opened the new facility near the Ohio River in Newport, Ohio, last week. Company officials believe the site has at least a 1,200 barrels per day injection capacity. “We have been working on this project for over a year. Our oilfield customers have increased their demand for disposal capacity recently, and we have been working hard to bring on additional water handling capabilities to alleviate the increased supply constraints being experienced in this region,” John Jack, vice president of Business Development for GreenHunter, said. Jack said having the injection site located in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale regions is key because many drillers need a place to dump their brine waste when they can no longer recycle or reuse it. The waste is injected into the earth.
GreenHunter also continues to wait to begin construction at the Wheeling facility, according to Jack. However, he said this should begin soon.