Salt Water Disposal Seismicity Monitoring

As the costs of hauling excess produced water in the Permian Basin continue to rise, operators are left searching for alternative options for managing excess water in a more cost-effective manner.

For every barrel of unconventional oil produced, operators must find a home for three-to-six barrels of water. With the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) regulating the pump volume and rate, that creates an expensive issue for oil and gas operators. New regulations from the Texas RRC show that operators may be permitted a higher injection rate if they agree to implement a Seismic Monitoring Plan and Earthquake Response Plan.

How can ESG help you increase your salt water injection rates within the Permian Basin?

ESG has Texas RRC-approved equipment for monitoring seismicity and will assist operators with generating a Seismic Monitoring Plan. In some situations, operators can increase their salt water injection rates by 10,000 bbl/day which can result in annual savings of up to $25,000 per day in disposal costs.

ESG offers:

  • Texas RRC-approved equipment
  • Location Selection Assistance
  • Data required for a Seismic Response Plan
  • Real-time data-streaming to TexNet
  • Continuous station health monitoring
  • Optional processing of seismic activity

Contact ESG to learn about the different levels of service available for SWD monitoring.









Deployment of an ESG Seismic Monitoring Station (above) allows operators to apply for increased injection rates on their SWD wells, in addition to compliance with all RRC required guidelines.