A Pittsburgh-based company is aiming to make the fracking process safer for the environment with an innovative approach to water purification, by reducing the need to transport contaminated water and byproducts from drill sites.Read More
Epiphany Mentioned in Pittsburgh Post Gazette article "As rig counts decrease, wastewater floods the industry" /
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.Read More
While hydraulic fracturing has cracked open an economic bonanza at the Bakken and dozens of other production sites worldwide, it has also created concerns over its environmental impact.Read More
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.
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.
Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.’s plans to drill for shale gas in northwest England were rejected by local officials, the latest blow to the U.K. government’s ambitions for a domestic fracking industry, Bloomberg said.
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.
Epiphany presented at the Allegheny Solarfest on Saturday June 20th, 2015. The Event was hosted by the Borough of Millvale, SunWPA, MBDC, and a collection of solar/renewable energy organizations.
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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
(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.
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
Alex Chamberlin (Disclosure) - "With last week’s fall, the US rig count hit its lowest level since June 12, 2009. A fall in the offshore rig count led the week’s figures. According to Baker Hughes, April’s average rig count of 945 represents a decline of 165 from 1,110 active rigs in March."
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.Read More
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.
Epiphany was noted in Forbes magazine. The article is titled " Water is the Core of Health & Sustainable Development -- World Water Day Meets Technology."