SOURCE: Petro Waste Environmental LP

Petro Waste Environmental LP

May 03, 2016 18:10 ET

Petro Waste Environmental Obtains Nordheim Landfill Permit

Railroad Commissioners Rule Unanimously in Favor of Permit

SAN ANTONIO, TX --(Marketwired - May 03, 2016) - San Antonio-based Petro Waste Environmental LP (PWE) today announced the Railroad Commissioners have voted unanimously to approve its permit for a non-hazardous oil and gas waste landfill in DeWitt County, Texas. The 143 acre facility is being constructed on the south side of highway 72 outside of the community of Nordheim in South Texas to service the horizontal drilling activity in the Eagle Ford Shale. The DeWitt County Landfill will accept oil based mud, water based mud, oil based drill cuttings, water based drill cuttings, contaminated soil and RCRA exempt non-hazardous E&P waste in addition to providing washouts and other ancillary services. The facility was permitted under the name of predecessor entity, Pyote Reclamation Systems, LLC, but will be constructed and operated by Petro Waste Environmental LP. Construction commencement is planned for early 2017 with an anticipated opening date of fourth quarter 2017.

"We're thrilled to be able to move forward with this facility in heart of the core Eagle Ford acreage," said Petro Waste Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Wommack. "Combining this site with our Permian Basin facilities in Reeves and Howard Counties, gives us the ability to efficiently serve our customer base in prime locations across two basins."

The exploration and production (E&P) of oil and gas creates various forms of waste that must be processed and disposed of according to strict regulations set by the RRC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In recent years, technological advancements have enabled E&P companies to more efficiently extract hydrocarbons from the earth, but these new extraction techniques have increased the volume of non-hazardous solid wastes and high solids content waste fluids. These consist primarily of high solids content frack flow-back water, and oil-based drilling muds and cuttings. Until now, there has been a lack of infrastructure capable of efficiently processing and disposing of these waste streams near the drilling sites. As a result, it has been necessary to truck large quantities of the wastes over long distances to the few existing facilities capable of accepting the materials.

Petro Waste Environmental is addressing this infrastructure shortage. The company has been constructing state-of-the-art, RRC-permitted waste-processing and disposal facilities that are strategically located throughout the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale. An exclusive alliance with Pyote Water Systems (PWS) allows PWE to use PWS' saltwater disposal facilities and build some of PWE's solid-waste disposal units adjacent to them. This makes PWE one of few companies equipped to dispose of all non-hazardous oilfield wastes onsite within the bounds of the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale. As a result, more waste can be processed near the drilling sites, resulting in fewer trucks on the road, less fuel consumed, and a reduced likelihood of in-transport spills.

Wommack emphasized that high standards of safety and compliance are Petro Waste's top priority. These core company values played a vital role in the design and engineering process for this facility in an effort to exceed regulatory requirements. The company is working with the best engineering firms to create facilities which lead the industry in exceeding regulatory requirements not just today, but for decades into the future.

Petro Waste has flourished, despite declining oil prices, for a variety of reasons. The long term nature of the large scale infrastructure projects constructed by PWE results in the company being less affected by cyclical ups and downs in commodity prices. The need for waste disposal exists in all market cycles and PWE is steadfast in its commitment to building the facilities needed by the industry. The company has a strong equity backing from veteran oil & gas private equity fund Tailwater Capital and Petro Waste carries no debt, enabling it to excel in the current depressed market. This solid financial base has afforded PWE the flexibility to maintain long-term growth priorities and focus on providing the best solutions to fulfill their customers' needs.

Petro Waste Environmental LP is one of the largest networks of oilfield waste-processing and disposal facilities in the United States, strategically located throughout the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin plays. The company provides all forms of non-hazardous E&P waste-processing and disposal. Petro Waste is continually adding new facilities to ensure its customers have access to waste disposal facilities that meet federal and state guidelines as close as possible to their drilling sites. Its goal is to be no more than 30 miles from any E&P activity within its operating basins. 

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