Produced Water causes 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Oklahoma by Tom Joseph

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook northwest Oklahoma and was felt in seven other states Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the third-strongest temblor ever recorded in the state where the power and frequency of earthquakes has dramatically increased in recent years.

The earthquake centered about 17 miles north of Fairview in northwestern Oklahoma occurred at 11:07 a.m. and was reportedly felt across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas, the USGS said.

Epiphany Mentioned in Pittsburgh Post Gazette article "As rig counts decrease, wastewater floods the industry" by Tom Joseph

Oil and gas operators, particularly in Pennsylvania, have been able to recycle the majority of their so-called flowback and produced water by using it to drill and frack new wells.

But with drilling and fracking activity down drastically — Consol Energy Inc. said it won’t drill any new wells in 2016, for example — more attention is turning to how to dispose of this water.

“We’re all of a sudden becoming very popular,” said Mike Broeker, president and CEO of Epiphany Water Solutions, a Lawrenceville-based maker of solar-powered water treatment units.

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Fracking and Water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern by Tom Joseph

Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry.

http://midwestenergynews.com/2015/06/17/fracking-and-water-quantity-not-just-quality-could-be-a-concern/

 

 

 

Drillers Big on Conservation of Water OpEd by Tom Joseph

In their never-ending search for villains and scapegoats, environmental activists are blaming U.S. oil and gas companies for exacerbating water shortages in California and elsewhere, recklessly depleting water supplies to support the shale boom.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/24062015-drillers-big-on-conservation-of-water-oped/ 

 

Epiphany goes to Cuba by Tom Joseph

Epiphany sent Gordon Craig (Controller/Strategist) to Cuba on a trade mission organized by Catalyst Connection (manufacturing consulting organization). The Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, along with 6 business leaders traveled  to Cuba on the mission to search out business and manufacturing opportunities.  


The trip spanned 4 days and included meetings with Vice Minister of Construction, Director of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, President of Alimport (agricultural products), and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba. The message shared by nearly everyone we met was that they are eager for the embargo to be lifted and they want to work with us. Our group was the first American delegation that many have met.

There are great opportunities for Epiphany to get involved in, ranging from drinking water purification to produced water remediation. We are excited at the opportunity to do business in Cuba in the future.

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8457890-74/cuba-peduto-mayor#axzz3doiT9dP3 

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8441038-74/mayor-cuba-manufacturing#axzz3doiT9dP3 



Fracking and Water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern by Tom Joseph

Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from theFracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry.

FrackTracker compared the oil and gas industry’s water use within southeastern Ohio’s Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) to residential use in that area, which covers roughly 20 percent of Ohio. Residential water use includes families’ home use, but excludes water for agricultural, industrial and other purposes.

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New Study of Barnett Shale area well water finds elevated levels of water contaminants by Tom Joseph

A team led by Kevin Schug, UT Arlington's Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has published a comprehensive study of potential groundwater contamination in areas of unconventional oil and gas drilling.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-barnett-shale-area-elevated-contaminants.html#jCp

 

 

The faster we pump oil wastewater into the ground, the greater our earthquake risk by Tom Joseph

Injecting wastewater into the ground may be an effective way of disposing of salty fluids created through oil and gas production, but it also comes with a perilous side effect: earthquakes. Now, researchers have found that the rate at which we dispose of this liquid may greatly impact the chance that one of these quakes will occur. The faster we inject this water into the ground, the higher likelihood of induced Earth rumblings.

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Water Shortages Will Limit Global Shale Gas Development by Tom Joseph

If all the world’s theoretically recoverable shale gas could be developed, our supply of clean-burning natural gas would expand 47 percent—lowering both greenhouse gas emissions and energy prices, according to estimates from the Washington-based World Resources Institute.

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Leak of Oil-Well Wastewater Taints River in North Dakota by Tom Joseph

Salty wastewater from oil wells has contaminated a creek and flowed into the Missouri River after a huge pipeline leak in North Dakota, state officials said Thursday.

The state said the leak of 3 million gallons is its biggest-ever spill of “brine,” which in addition to high concentrations of salt often contains trace amounts of heavy metals that can be radioactive.

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EPA: Fracking has no Broad Impact on Drinking Water by Tom Joseph

A controversial method for extracting oil and gas resources from the environment does not have a broad impact on drinking water, according to a report released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

But the EPA's nearly 1,000-page report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, did also conclude that there is a potential for some pollution on a local scale. Congress commissioned the study in 2010. The report is based on a four-year study.

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Group Ask for Federal Review of Ohio Injection-Well Program by Tom Joseph

 (Associated Press) A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state’s injection well approval program.

In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, the coalition, coordinated by the Citizens for Health, Environment & Justice, alleges that Ohio’s injection well program disproportionately impacts the state’s low-income Appalachian areas and has failed to meet a federal directive assuring those communities specific safeguards. 

http://wkbn.com/2015/04/29/groups-ask-for-federal-review-of-ohio-injection-well-program/

U.S. Oil-Rig Count Drops Modestly Again by Tom Joseph

The U.S. oil-rig count fell by four to 642 in the latest week, according to Baker Hughes Inc., marking the 26th straight week of declines.

The drop is a deceleration from last week, when the count fell by 13.



Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-oilrig-count-drops-modestly-again-20150605-00505#ixzz3dEpb6uCy

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