In this week's news, a company wants to build a facility that will turn fracking wastewater into reusable products in Oklahoma, and Marathon Petroleum is shutting down a flare at a Detroit refinery to reduce air pollution


A company that turns wastewater into reusable products is planning to build a facility in Oklahoma that would give oil producers the option to recycle wastewater, instead of injecting it into the ground.

“The State of Oklahoma produces 650,000 barrels of wastewater daily that is being injected,” says Brian Kalt, president of Fairmont Brine Processing, to KOCO TV. “We hope to take all of that.”

Kalt has already taken out a $90 million loan to build a facility in Oklahoma. He discussed his plan for the facility at a public forum hosted by state Rep. Richard Morrissette at the Capitol on June 14.

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Marathon to Cut Air Pollution at Detroit Refinery

Marathon Petroleum and the federal government have reached an agreement that calls for the Ohio-based company to reduce air pollution at a refinery in southwest Detroit, according to a story by the Associated Press.

Marathon will spend about $6 million to shut down a flare at the Detroit refinery’s fence line, as well as $36 million to install systems that capture and recycle gases that would otherwise be sent to flares.

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The deal continues pollution reductions called for in a 2012 consent decree between the EPA and Marathon.


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