Eagle Ford Disposal Wells Becoming More Common

8,000 Wells Dispose Of 4 Billion Barrels Of Waste Water Per Year
Eagle Ford Disposal Well Map

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Oil & gas operators in the state of Texas are disposing of 75 times more waste water than they were in 2005. Growth in disposal volumes is the result of expanded use of hydraulic fracturing and growing water production from oil & gas wells. The state of Texas is producing more oil than it has in 20+ years. Since many of those wells produce associated water, that means more water.

“We run about 30 to 40 trucks a day, 24-7,” Sartin said. “Depending on how the oil fracking is going out there, if they’re hustling and bustling, then we’re hustling and bustling.”

Production from the Eagle Ford is adding to the need for growing disposal options.

There are more than 8,000 disposal wells in the state of Texas and a little more than 10% of those are commercial operations. Add 25,000 other producing wells that accept waste fluids to improve recoveries of oil & gas and you begin to picture just how much water can be disposed of. Based on previous years, I estimate approximately 4 billion barrels of water was disposed of in 2012.

Four billion barrels sounds like a lot, but in 2010 the Texas Water Development Board estimates more than 118 billion barrels of water were used for irrigation purposes alone.

If subject of water in the Eagle Ford is new to you, read more about oil and gas water issues previous articles here:

See a full interactive map at texastribune.com

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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

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R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790


  1. James Frasier says:

    Looking for salt water disposals in the Zavala county area ( Batesville Tx) can anyone help me because I cant seem to find anything on this site.

  2. does any body have info on Disposal wells in the Marcellus and Utica in the Ohio , W.Va. , Pa. tri-state area ?

  3. David Krueger says:

    Is anyone in the EagleFord area be interesting in looking at a Salt Water Disposal well for their site?

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