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BMP ID: 2764
Title: Discharge produced water to shallow aquifer
Text: "Produced Water Management, Disposal to shallow aquifers: It is possible to dispose of produced CBM water into shallow, drinking water aquifers. For example, produced water could be pipelined to a nearby area where coal aquifers do not produce methane and are not connected to productive coal seams. The produced water could be so injected with the required permit from the US EPA Region 8. Injection wells would be described as Class V aquifer recharge wells permitted under 40 CFR 146 Subpart F... Shallow injection has the advantage of preserving the CBM water resource at the same time that surface waters and surface soil is protected."
Source Publication Name: Final Water Resources Technical Report, Montana Statewide Oil and Gas E.I.S and Amendment of the Powder River and Billings Resource Management Plans
Citation Section: Chapter 6-Mitigation of Impacts to Water Resources
Citation Page: 46
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Required
Timing: • Production / Operation / Maintenance
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: BLM - Miles City Field Office
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, Montana  59301  United States
Phone:(406) 233-2800     Alt. Phone:
Fax:(406) 233-2921
Alternate Contact:  
Categories: Water Quantity and Rights
Water Quality and Pollution
Soils (Conservation, Pollution, Reclamation)
Location: Montana
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Date Entered: 2009-03-09 16:27 MDT
Last Updated: 2011-02-07 14:29 MDT