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Dirtwork underway two miles west of Westbrook

Crucible Ventures, Inc. out of Colorado construction water reclamation facility near Westbrook. The plant is supposed to employ 35 people when full operations begin.

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  • Heavy machinery can be seen moving dirt and building roads just off the north service road of I-20 about two miles west of Westbrook. Crucible Ventures, Inc. is building a water reclamation plant which will employ 30 to 35 people once construction is finished and the plant is in full operation.According to one of the project’s developers of the plant will use a closed-loop system to take oilfield ...
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Water reclamation plant being built

waterclipartHeavy machinery can be seen moving dirt and building roads just off the north service road of I-20 about two miles west of Westbrook. Crucible Ventures, Inc. is building a water reclamation plant which will employ 30 to 35 people once construction is finished and the plant is in full operation.
According to one of the project’s developers of the plant will use a closed-loop system to take oilfield wastewater and treat it to make it useful for irrigating agricultural crops. Patton said the plant will accept what the oilfield industry calls “produced water”, which is water that is produced when drilling for oil.
According to the Texas Railroad Commission, 98% of oil and gas waste produced in Texas consists of produced water.
Several processes will then separate the oil, solids and other waste from the water, making it usable for irrigation. Some of the processes used in separation will be chemical, some will be agitation processes and Patton said that a centrifuge process is also used to separate out any residual solids.
Once the plant is up and running, three shifts of employees will oversee operations each day at the 90-acre site. Patton said the company is looking to train local citizens, certify them and employ them to take over complete operations.
Though oil prices have fallen, Patton said the company is still fully committed to the project. “The project is not totally dependent on oil price,” he said. Crucible will contract with companies on a per-barrel basis, and once water is taken into the facility, it is then owned by Crucible.
Patton said that the technology for the processes used at the plant was developed in North Dakota in the Bakken Shale oil play. Flowback water from fracking was the first water used for reclamation. The “saltwater” or brine water is harder to reclaim due to the solids content, but the company kept working and now has processes in place to reclaim saltwater as well.
The facility is being constructed on land owned by Tom Whitesides who is excited about the project for more than one reason. He said that once the facility has been built and is in operation, Crucible’s CEO Randall Carroll is planning to build a roping arena to be used by the youth of the church Whitesides attends.
He also said officials from the Colorado company have been in contact with Westbrook ISD Superintendent Todd Burleson about starting a program that trains juniors and seniors at the school for jobs in the water reclamation field.
Some Westbrook citizens have expressed concern about the plant’s operations creating a “bad smell” around the town. Patton said that there would be no open pits, only closed, covered tanks are used in the reclamation process.
He also said that operations will comply with standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility,” Whitesides said.
Patton estimated that construction could be completed in about two months, depending on the weather. Permitting has been submitted to the RRC and the project will be assigned a permit number by the commission in the near future.

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