American Ground Water Trust Presents – The Long-Term Future for Deep Well Injection in the US

February 26, 2020

The Deep Well Injection Conference in Miami, Florida – March 2-3, 2020, provides focused information exchange and discussion opportunities among presenters and participants. Registration link below.

Where the geology permits, deep well injection has considerable advantages and is safe.

Deep well injection is the process of safely storing or disposing of liquids deep underground. It involves drilling beneath drinking water aquifers (1,500 to >3,000 feet deep) to trap the liquid waste under multiple impermeable layers of rock. It requires favorable geology, so it is not suitable for all locations and applications.

The treatment and disposal of liquid wastes have become increasingly challenging. Regulations designed to protect surface and groundwater, along with headlines and public concern of drinking water safety create challenges.

In his clear, concise presentation, Monte Markley discusses the upcoming opportunities and challenges for Class I injection wells across the nation. His presentation includes pore space competition, induced seismicity, and emerging contaminants of concern.

In addition to Monte’s presentation, there’s a field trip to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (South District Wastewater Treatment Plant) on Sunday, March 1 where participants will visit 20 Class I injection wells (17 constructed and 3 are being drilled). The Florida Department of Environmental Quality permits this injection well system that collectively disposes of 25 million gallons of liquid daily.

What Attendees Can Expect

  • An update on the status of deep well injection disposal in Florida
  • State-of-the-art operations and the economics for potential adopters
  • Information on disposal policies that are DWI drivers
  • Technologies in design, construction, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of deep well injection
  • Case studies from DWI operations in the US and globally


Conference Information

Monte Markley is a registered Professional Geologist in the state of Kansas and SCS Engineers’ National Expert for Deep Well and Underground Injection Control. His project experience includes engineering geology evaluations related to salt caverns, geologic isolation of fluids and compressed gasses, hydrogeological investigations at landfills and quarries, liquids management, regulatory compliance, and permitting, groundwater investigations at superfund and RCRA facilities, and remedial system design.






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