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.




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. 


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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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Water Treatment Equipment Market by Tom Joseph

Resource extraction is forecast to be the fastest-growing market for water treat¬ment equipment, as water consumption and wastewater treatment continue to be issues of concern to both oil and gas field operators and environmental agencies. The US EPA is also in the process of updating its standards for the treatment of wastewater from oil and gas shale and coalbed formations, which could further boost the market for water treatment equipment in resource extraction. Despite this, gains will be slower than the double-digit increases seen in the 2009-2014 period, when hydraulic fracturing activities and oil and gas field production were expanding at a very strong rate. 

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Waste-Water disposal Solution Eludes Shale Gas Industry (AP) by Tom Joseph

Pittsburgh (AP) - 

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target.

Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water that comes from shale gas wells. The traditional method of injecting it back into deep wells is less feasible in Pennsylvania, which has few such wells, and Ohio is accepting less wastewater because of potential links between injection and earthquakes.

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Epiphany noted in Forbes Article by Tom Joseph

Epiphany was noted in Forbes magazine. The article is titled " Water is the Core of Health & Sustainable Development -- World Water Day Meets Technology." 

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World Water Day Conference at United Nations - Video by Tom Joseph

Tom recently spoke on a panel at the UN for a World Water Day. The panel included: 


Kodjo E. Mensah-Abrampa - Policy Advisor, United Nations Development Programme

Panel Members:

Marc Yaggi - Executive Director, Waterkeeper Alliance

P. William Staby - CEO and Co-Founder, Resolute Marine

Jim Cohen - Executive Vice President of Global Equipment Sales, MagneGas Corporation

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Tom Joseph - UN World Water Day Summit Speaker by Tom Joseph

Tom will be speaking at the United Nations World Water Day Summit on March 23rd. He will be on a panel discussing "Sustainable Innovations for Water Procurement". 


Epiphany establishes Energy Technology Collaborative by Tom Joseph

Epiphany establishes the Energy Technology Collaborative to bring together the local clean companies operating in the Strip District and Lawrenceville, PA.  Companies involved in the Collaborative include: WindStax (, Aquion Energy ( , kWantera ( , EverPower ( , Encentiv Energy ( , Netech Corp. , Alt-Esco ( ,  Epiphany Solar Water Sytems, LLC and others.