NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PUBLIC NOTICE TO MODIFY AN UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT
June 24, 2020
PURPOSE OF PUBLIC NOTICE
THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE IS TO STATE THE DEPARTMENT'S INTENTION TO MODIFY A CLASS I UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF ARTICLE 33.1-25 OF THE NORTH DAKOTA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE.
APPLICANT NAME: White Owl Energy Services (US), Inc.
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1953
Dickinson, ND 58602
FACILITY LOCATION: 8 Miles South of Alexander
Section 8, Township 149 North, Range 101 West
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 403-921-0581
PERMIT NUMBER: ND-UIC-107
UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL PERMIT MODIFICATION
It is the intent of the Department of Environmental Quality (Department), Division of Water Quality to modify White Owl Energy Services' Class I non-hazardous waste underground injection well control permit ND-UIC-107 (Permit). White Owl Energy Services, Inc. currently operates a commercial Class I non-hazardous waste injection well (Well #1) at their facility located approximately 8 miles south of Alexander, North Dakota (Section 8, Township 149 North, Range 101 West).
Well #1 injects exempt and non-exempt non-hazardous industrial waste fluids into the Inyan Kara Formation in the interval from 5,653 to 6,097 feet below ground surface (bgs). The Inyan Kara Formation is part of the Dakota Group, which also includes the Mowry, Newcastle, and Skull Creek Formations. While various terms have been used to describe this geologic unit, including the Lower Cretaceous aquifer, Inyan Kara Group, and Lakota Formation, it is generally acceptable to simply reference it as the "Dakota aquifer". The uppermost perforated injection interval in Well #1 is approximately 3,676 feet below the lowermost underground source of drinking water (USDW), the Fox Hills Sand.
The permitted injection rate is 175 gallons per minute at a maximum injection pressure of 1,650 pounds per square inch (psi). White Owl Energy has requested to increase the maximum permitted injection pressure from 1,650 psi to 1,875 psi. Recent well testing has confirmed that the well maintains mechanical integrity at a tested injection pressure of 1,975 psi. The department intends to increase the maximum permitted injection pressure to 1,875 psi; all other conditions of Permit ND-UIC-107 would remain unchanged.
A copy of the Draft Permit will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days following publication of the Public Notice. The public comment period begins June 24, 2020 and ends July 28, 2020. Interested persons may submit written comments to the Department on the Draft Permit during this period. A public hearing will be held if there is sufficient public interest pertaining to the proposed permit modification. Interested persons may request a public hearing by stating the nature of the specific issues to be raised.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will consider all comments prior to taking any action on the permit modification. Comments, questions, and written communication should be directed to:
Karl Rockeman, Director
North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality
Division of Water Quality
918 East Divide Avenue, 4th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
The Draft Permit is available for review during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality, 918 East Divide Avenue, 4th Floor, Bismarck, North Dakota. A copy of this Public Notice is also on the Department's website at: https://deq.nd.gov/PublicNotice.aspx.
Anyone requiring special access or accommodations to review the documents may contact the Department at 701-328-5210.
PUBLIC NOTICE NUMBER: ND-2020-019
(June 24, 2020)2844810