December 2018

Water Management

Advanced biological treatment removes benzene, phenol from refinery wastewater

Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations.

Dale, C., Ekenberg, M., Wenta, R., Veolia Water Americas

Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations. However, a new dynamic has come into play. In the Marcellus shale, lower-priced natural gas at just under $3/MMBtu is prompting industry to construct ethane cracker plants that refine natural gas for usable products, such as polyethylene. The thinking, according to industry sources, is that proximity to the natural gas source is a better business model compared with the Texas Gulf Coast, especially after Hurricane Harvey shut down refineries in late summer of 2017. With the development of the Marcellus shale came requ

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