Over the past several years, North America has quietly seen a boom in natural gas production, in large part thanks to the practice of fracking. At BGE, we’ve witnessed this first hand, both through our involvement in some ceramic kiln projects, as well as through the placement of fracking wells on the land of family and friends. The practice is not without controversy, especially as it pertains to waste water. However, it appears as though one cement plant is working on a pilot program aimed at helping to eliminate this waste stream.
Several recent articles have discussed a proposal by the Lafarge plant in Brookfield to use recycled fracking water in place of fresh water for temperature control in the kiln exhaust. The proposed pilot testing is still in the planning stages, with Lafarge currently taking steps to discuss the trial in the local community. If it succeeds, this may be another successful way in which cement kilns can be used to recover waste materials for beneficial use.