Full Name

2012 Small Producer

Water Treatment System for Effective Acid Mine Drainage Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing

Subcontractor: PPG Industries (DBA Monroeville Chemicals Center)

Principal Investigator: James Peters
Project Number Project Status
12123-18 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: David Cercone
Filtration and Separation Technologies Highland Fluid Technology Southern Research Institute
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
July 11, 2014 August 31, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,136,446.00 $769,119.54 $355,962.00
Project Objectives

The objective is to develop and field test a new water treatment system that economically processes both sulfate-rich and mine-drainage water and resulting flowback and produced waters to make them suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing. The project will develop 1) a novel ion exchange membrane and water treatment process capable of reducing sulfates to no more than 500 ppm at bench-scale influent flow rates of 1-5 gal/min, and 2) filter cartridges, skids, and system maintenance processes for the new system that generates water with sulfate concentrations of no more than 500 ppm as tested against API standard RP 45 for oil field waters, at intermediate scale influent flow rates of 10-50 gal/min.  This design will be optimized so that one, non-specialized laborer can operate and maintain the system. This design will undergo field validation of the efficacy and ease of use of the new treatment process. The field tests will be conducted at drilling locations at targeted influent flow rates of 400-500 gal/min. 


File Name File Type Date
Water Treatment System Effective acid Mine Drainage Use Hydraulic Fracturing Final Report 08/16