A boom to build new saltwater disposal wells is underway in the Permian Basin.

Drilling for crude oil and natural gas in the prolific West Texas shale play is happening faster than pipelines can be built to move product to market. It’s also happening faster than companies can build landfills for oil field waste and disposal wells to inject wastewater deep underground.

But that may change. Over the past week, two companies have filed drilling permit applications to develop 12 saltwater disposal wells in the Permian Basin.

Fort Worth saltwater disposal well operation Boykin Energy is seeking permission from the Railroad Commission of Texas to develop five injection wells on its Ross SWD lease in Loving County. Midland oil company CrownQuest Operating is seeking permission to develop another seven saltwater disposal wells on leases in Loving County. (By Sergio Chapa, Chron.com)

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