From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Le Roy Standish):
EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) and Occidental Petroleum are looking at putting disposal wells to use in the area, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Occidental is testing an existing well. EnCana has moved beyond the testing phase and has an application on file with the BLM for the well, which would accept wastewater from drilling operations. The disposal wells are a sign of the times, said Doug Hock, EnCana spokesman. In this slowing economy, the water that drillers would normally recycle and use to drill new wells is now simply wastewater.