Millions of gallons of water from the Ogalalla Aquifer will no longer be used for water flooding, a process that wastes tons of fresh water.
The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority wants to keep fresh water in the Panhandle, so when a proposal came up to use that water and then throw it away, they turned it down.
"Petrosearch applied to Texas Railroad Commission for permit of secondary oil recovery and part of that permit used fresh water to water flood this oil field," says General Manager, Kent Satterwhite.
It's a process that injects fresh water into an oil zone to get oil. But Satterwhite felt that would harm the ogalalla aquifer water supply.
"Ogalalla is water source and it doesn't make sense to waste it dumping it into the ground to get a gallon or two of oil. "The company has decided to make adjustments by re-using leftover saltwater to produce oil instead of fresh water.
Satterwhite adds, "Lot of benefits, certainly better for us, feel everyone won."
The production wells will be placed in Roberts county about five miles north west of Miami.
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