Interesting Facts About Frac Water Management

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves the use of pressurized and chemically treated water to break up shale in order to harvest deposits of natural gas and/or oil within or underneath the ground. So where does that water go once the job is done? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations regarding the treatment…

Recycling Produced & flowback wastewater for fracking – Clarifying misconceptions on the obstacles for frac water reuse

Hydraulic fracturing is performed at a depths between 5,000 –10,000 feet and requires 60,000 – 100,000 barrels of water (2,500,000 – 4,200,000 gallons) per well. The water is mixed with 0.5% (by volume) of various chemical additives, including crosslinked gelling agents and friction reducers to increase the water’s flow and deposition efficiency, a function of…

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Operational Logistics of On-Site Water Treatment for Hydraulic Fracturing

By Eli Gruber, President & CEO Ecologix Environmental Systems September 9, 2013 Almost every driller engaged in hydraulic fracturing is highly concerned with a particular element of operation: water management. Ecologix Environmental Systems, conducted a survey where it questioned oil and gas professionals about what element of the energy industry they felt was most in…

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Responsible Fracking

By Eli Gruber, President & CEO Ecologix Environmental Systems Hydraulic fracturing is controversial, and that controversy certainly is not completely unwarranted. To fully understand the many issues with fracking and how to improve the process, reduce its environmental impact and quell the fears of those who are against it or lack a comprehensive understanding of…

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Preparation for Frack Regulation Can Pay Dividends

The federal government is the 800-pound gorilla of land usage. With mineral rights of over 700 million acres, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the largest landowner in the country, so when it speaks, anyone with a vested interest in land use is wise to listen carefully. The BLM has recently spoken…

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Recycling Frac Water in Texas

We recently took our Integrated Treatment System (ITS) for frac water recycling out to a remote ranch in south Texas. This location, in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale play, is scheduled for hundreds of new wells over the coming years. With water scarcity presenting itself as a major concern in the region, the…

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The Magic of Using Produced Water for Fracking

By Eli Gruber July 09, 2013 Proven industrial water treatment options have existed for decades in many sectors, and they are evolving to accommodate a process in the oil and gas sector that desperately needs them: hydraulic fracturing (fracking). In a recent survey conducted by Ecologix Environmental Systems, 85% of energy industry professionals said water…

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The Frac Water Life Cycle

There’s a lot of talk about water issues surrounding fracking. Here’s a simple illustration explaining exactly how water is used in the process. We the people have made a few suggestions, find those at the bottom of the graphic.

Illinois Fracking Legislation Doesn't Address Water Recycling

Illinois Regulates Fracking, Leaves Water Recycling Unaddressed

By Eli Gruber, President & CEO Ecologix Environmental Systems Illinois recently joined the ranks of states that have introduced legislation to regulate how hydraulic fracturing is carried out.  Whether you cheer or jeer these new rules seems to once again depend heavily on which side of the fence you sit on.  Environmentalists claiming that regulations…

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Water Management is Top Regulatory Concern

Eighty-five percent of respondents cite water as most important fracking-related issue in need of regulation ATLANTA — (May 7, 2013) A recent survey conducted by Atlanta-based Ecologix Environmental Systems reveals that water management is widely viewed as the single most important issue in need of regulation in the fracking industry. The one-question survey asked top…