Water Storage and Management

A typical “Max C Pad” System underground reservoir would hold approximately 1,200,000 gallons of water depending on the dimensions of the pad and specifications of the reservoir system below it. The capacity of the reservoir can easily be increased or decreased, depending on storage requirements of the user by changing the depth of the system.

Volumes most frequently stated for water required per well are 700,000 gallons to drill and 5,000,000 gallons to Frack a well. By drawing from multiple “Max C Pad” underground reservoirs, sufficient fresh water can be made available for both drilling and Fracking operations.

In the Bradford County, PA Marcellus Shale region, average rainfall is approximately 3" to 4.5" per month. Based on this rate of rainfall, it will take approximately 2 months to fill a typical 300' X 600' “Max C Pad”. As such, a single “Max C Pad” is capable of collecting and storing approximately 7,000,000 gallons of rain water in a 12 month period. Installation of the “Max C Pad” can be done ahead of any scheduled drilling and Fracking operations and if planned properly, 1,200,000 gallons of fresh water can be on site and ready for use when the drilling and Fracking operations are ready to commence.

Over time, a network of multiple “Max C Pad” subsurface containment systems would be able to provide sufficient fresh water storage to support multiple drilling and Fracking operations in a given geographical area.

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