Giant Industries introduces pumps for safe brine removal
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Drilling for oil and natural gas in deep shale rock formations in the United States is growing at a staggering pace. With this growth and industry activity there is concern about safety and environmental impact—concerns that manufacturers like Giant Industries are working to dispel with their dependable products that help independent drilling operators meet new regulatory requirements.
During the past five years, natural gas production in the United States has grown 48 percent annually, with new wells being established nearly every day. In response to this growth, on June 11, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed landmark oil and gas regulatory legislation, Senate Bill 315, which established one of the nation’s toughest regulatory frameworks for overseeing the new technologies that allow for the exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations. In July 2012, Governor Kasich also signed an executive order to require additional testing and safeguards as part of the permitting process for an injection well in the state of Ohio.
The legislation specifically addresses safety and environmental issues related to the horizontal drilling technique called,fracking. This practice involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas to the surface. Brine wastewater dumped in wells is a by-product of these drilling operations—and one that Giant Industries helps to remove safely and efficiently with its industrial, high-pressure pumps.
“We are pleased to be a part of that effort to provide a solution for the safe, clean and expedient removal of brine waste water that is a by-product of the drilling process,” said Ed Simon, President of Giant Industries.“As a trusted supplier to contractors on these drilling projects, we are committed to the safety of the surrounding community—with minimal environmental impact.”
Giant Industries is positioned to meet the growing demand for high-pressure pumps needed to support future drilling efforts throughout the United States. “These shale drilling efforts are helping to minimize U.S. dependence on foreign oil while driving U.S. production and economic growth,” Mr. Simon said. “At Giant, we’re doing our part to be a part of this solution.”