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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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One Response to “News in the awl and gas bidness”

  1. Thanks for this, Charles. Sounds very interesting and useful!

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