A massive project in Southwest Michigan to replace about 14 miles of pipeline has also given Consumers Energy workers the chance to cut down on water use.
The machine – a mud reclaimer or recycler – filters and cleans drilling fluid coming back from a drill bore. The equipment has saved the Consumers Energy about 3.1 million gallons of water.
“We do our best to be environmental stewards – it’s always our goal to leave it better than we found it,” said Rick Snyder, manager of the Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program.
The machine also includes a mud tank with compartments for both incoming dirty and cleaned fluid and a desilter. After the fluid goes through the desilter and is deposited in the clean tank, it can then be pumped to the mud pump to be pumped back down the hole.