SEECO facility permit is approved

n Building to be used for recycling

By Anita Tucker

Despite public opposition in January to plans for a facility that will purify water used in hydraulic fracturing, an Arkansas agency has approved the permit for SEECO Inc.

Permit No. AR0052086C issued on June 27, 2013, by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality allows SEECO to go forth with construction of a treatment facility now called the Bee Branch Water Reuse/Recycle Facility. The address of the facility is 1279 Hardin Cemetery Road, Bee Branch.

Description in the permit of the discharge is "treated fluids from the exploration, production and development of oil and/or gas operations."

The permit also allows SEECO to accept contaminated fluids from other companies to clean at its facility, originally called the Jared Wood Water Reuse/Recycle Facility.

The permit states that the permittee (SEECO) shall ensure that water quality standards are not violated.

At the January meeting in Clinton, ADEQ engineer Guy Lester showed a slide of a fox guarding a hen house and explained that though allowing companies to police themselves worry some, SEECO would be self-monitoring. Some fluids will be discharged into an unnamed tributary which in turn will send the water cleaned through reverse osmosis into Linn Creek to the North Fork of Cadron Creek then to Cadron Creek and into the Arkansas River. Lester said SEECO will be held to "stringent" standards for the quality of the water and by the time it hits the tributary it will be "almost pristine."

Cadron Creek is classified as an Extraordinary State Resource Water, and at the January meeting, Don Richardson of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission said he did not want to see "one drop of that water going into an ERW."

According to the permit, which took effect July 1, 2013, and extends into 2018 unless SEECO seeks an extension, proposed construction will include a reinforced concrete-lined primary settling basin, an HDPE-lined storage pond, polymer injection, pH adjustment, clarification, vertical induced gas flotation, separator tank, skimming, reverse osmosis and filtration. There is no existing treatment system.

At the January meeting, one woman in the audience asked, "What can we do here tonight to stop this?"

In short, the answer from ADEQ’s John Bailey was - nothing as long as SEECO provided all the requested information.

To read the entire permit and for other information about the Bee Branch Reuse/Recyle Facility, visit