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Analysis of the Eagle Ford Shale Wastewater

Analysis of the Eagle Ford Shale Wastewater

An abundance of shale oil formations in the United States and Canada, combined with the latest technology to release them, has fostered growth in this sector in North America over the past decade.

Reservoirs that have very low permeability are the ones with an abundance of shale oil. Its extraction can only be accomplished with the use of unconventional methods as this oil cannot flow easily to the surface.

Hydraulic fracking has been a critical technique employed. Fracking fluid is primarily composed of water, along with other thickening agents, and is used to create cracks in shale rocks. This then allow the release of natural gas, petroleum, and other by-products through these open fissures.

In order to enhance the performance of thickening agents used in the fracking process, fresh water is preferred. This fresh water is sourced from lakes, rivers, and municipal supplies. Groundwater, in some instances, is used to augment water use from the aforementioned fresh water sources.

There is an increasing concern over the use of water for shale oil purposes in the United States and effective ways to reuse water using a number of wastewater treatment methods that are economically viable for the oil and gas sector.

About this report

This insight provides a systematic overview of wastewater treatment options by shale basin. The United States has a number of shale basins, of which Frost & Sullivan has identified some key basins where wastewater treatment is a need. This market insight aims at identifying characteristics of the major shale basins, wastewater treatment options in each shale basin, and key stakeholder dynamics. It also takes a deeper look into the Eagle Ford basin to provide an overview of the specific concerns associated with wastewater treatment and reuse. This analysis covers an overview of companies present in the space, providing the key tiers of competition.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • United States Shale Basins
    • Key US Shale Basins
    • Key US Shale Basins Discussion
    • North American Shale Basins-Shale Basin Water Volumes Comparison
    • Shale Basin Water Volumes Comparison for Eagle Ford
  • Eagle Ford Shale Basin History
    • Eagle Ford Shale Basin History-Historic Natural Gas Production Levels
    • Eagle Ford Shale Basin History
  • Wastewater Overview
    • Wastewater Overview-Assessment For Technology Requirements
    • Genesis of the Unconventional Shale Wastewater Treatment Market
    • Key Features of the Eagle Ford
    • Wastewater Overview-Key Drivers
  • Key Wastewater Treatment Features of the Eagle Ford Basin
    • Wastewater Overview for the Eagle Ford
    • Wastewater Overview for the Eagle Ford-Contaminants
  • Pricing
    • Wastewater Treatment Equipment Pricing
      • Table Key Eagle Ford Price Points Per Equipment Type, US, 2014
    • Wastewater Overview for the Eagle Ford-Wastewater Treatment Equipment Pricing
  • Stakeholder Dynamics
    • Competitive Landscape
    • Environmental/Regulatory Landscape
  • The Last Word
    • Conclusions

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