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News in the awl and gas bidness

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2010

This penny stock, which is in danger of not making it (and taking a few hundred of my dollars down with it), has an interesting technology to deal with pollution of water by fraccing:

To drill for natural gas in unconventional shale plays, a well must be hydraulically fractured or “fraced” to stimulate the flow of natural gas from the reservoir. An energy company will use between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000 gallons of clean water for each well that they frac. Hydraulic fracturing is used to create additional permeability in a producing formation to allow gas to flow more easily to the wellbore. In order to produce natural gas from shale, the wells must be injected with large volumes of clean water, frac sand, and frac fluids, to drive the gas to the surface. The conventional method of creating frac fluid was to treat pond water with chemicals and additives, such as biocides and scale inhibitors which eliminate aerobic and anaerobic bacteria from the pond water. The chemicals, besides being expensive, create problems down the wellbore including scaling and corrosion which reduce well productivity.

Once the frac flowback and produced water resurfaces, operators are forced to deal with the wastewater. This wastewater is typically contaminated with salts, heavy metals and hydrocarbons. The conventional methods of handling the frac flowback were to dispose of the water either with deep hole injection wells or in evaporation ponds. These methods require extensive trucking of the water which is expensive and wasteful. Many of the leading drilling companies are turning to recycling their frac flowback and produced waters in order to reduce water consumption, control their costs for clean water, and reduce their environmental impact. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology is the right solution and is positioned to meet the growing demand….

The Company’s patented Ecosphere Ozonix® process is designed to treat frac flowback and produced waters with highly concentrated ozone, electro precipitation, and ultrasonic transducers. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology combines ozone, hydrodynamic cavitation, acoustic cavitation, and electro-chemical decomposition in a reaction vessel to cost-effectively treat contaminated water without adding chemicals. Since late 2007, we have tested our Ecosphere Ozonix® process on a variety of industrial wastewaters. Ecosphere’s initial use of this technology is to create a “closed loop” system providing a chemical-free total water management solution to exploration and production companies drilling for natural gas in unconventional shale plays.

EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™

Our EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™ systems use hydrodynamic and acoustic cavitations to create nano-sized bubbles that create hydroxyl radicals to oxidize organics and heavy metals in industrial wastewaters. The process results in the creation of EcosBrine™ fracturing fluid. EcosBrine™ is a clean high chloride floatback water that is blended at the frac site with surface water. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid has a negative scaling index that does not allow bacteria to re-grow and helps to keep micro pores open, which increases gas production. When the EcosBrine™ is added to pond, flowback or produced water, it creates a very effective fracturing solution. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid can be reused on the front end of the frac site (mixed with the chemical free frac liquid and friction reducers) to create completions fluid going down hole.

I hope they make it, and not for the sake of the few hundred I would lose. Like it or not (and I don’t) fraccing is with us and polluting more water by the day. The idea of using ozone as an alternative to the alphabet soup of chemicals that is currently used to make shale permeable and keep it that way is attractive. They also treat industrial wastewater and oil pollution such as happened in the Gulf. They are endorsed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Regrettably, their directors include Bush crony Joe Allbaugh, but the awl bidness is such that it’s almost a certainty that some grifter will be on the board.

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Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

Posted by MEC on November 24, 2010

Exactly in time to give us something to be thankful for:

Tom DeLay found guilty of money laundering

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My peace I give unto you (–John 14:27)

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2010

An interesting interview on DemocracyNow with Canadian physician Gabor Mate on ADD/ADHD.

The basic thesis (for those readers who have ADD/ADHD or just too much to do) is that many childhood behavioral disorders are a consequence of how society is structured, with–by inference from monkey studies–children receiving insufficient parental interaction to develop a proper level of brain dopamine (this critical insight is missing from the transcript):

AMY GOODMAN: And ADHD means?

DR. GABOR MATÈ : Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are about half a million kids in this country receiving heavy duty anti-psychotic medications. Medications such as those are usually given to adult schizophrenics to regulate their hallucinations. But in this case, children are getting it to control their behavior. So what we have is a massive social experiment of the chemical control of kids’ behavior with no idea of the long-term consequences of these heavy duty anti-psychotics on kids.

I know that Canadians statistics just last week showed that within last five years, 43% increase in the rate of dispensing stimulant prescriptions for ADD or ADHD, and most are going to boys. In other words, what we are seeing is an unprecedented burgeoning of the diagnosis…. nearly half of American adolescents now meet some criteria for mental-health disorders. …

AMY GOODMAN: Explain exactly what attention deficit disorder is, and what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is.

DR. GABOR MATÈ: Specifically ADD [identical to ADHD] is a compound of three categories called, um, a set of symptoms. One has to do with poor impulse control. So, these children have difficulty controlling their impulses. When their brains tells them to do something, from the lower brain centers, there is nothing up here in the cortex- which is where the executive functions are, which is where the functions are that are supposed to tell us what to do and what not to do. Those circuits just don’t work. So there is poor impulse control- they act out, they behave aggressively, they speak out of turn, they say the wrong thing. Adults with ADD with shop compulsively- or impulsively, I should say. And again, behave in an impulsive fashion. So: poor impulse control.

But again, please notice that the impulse control problem is general amongst kids these days…. The second criteria for ADD is physical hyperactivity….And then finally, the third criteria is poor attention skills. Tuning out, not paying attention, mind being somewhere else, absent mindedness, and not being able to focus. …

AMY GOODMAN: … I want to go to the point you just raised about the destruction of American childhood. What do you mean by that?

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