The Artemis Project, our parent firm, is hosting a webinar tomorrow that will gather an diverse group of experts to explore the challenges, solutions and investment opportunities surrounding efficient water management in energy exploration.Register nowThe webinar will occur tomorrow, July 16 from 11:00am EST to 12:30pm. The webinar will be divided into two sessions.Learn more about the webinar.
Editor’s note: The energy exploration industry is the first to demand advanced water technology for economic reasons: water efficiency during hydraulic fracturing means cost savings. Advances in on-site water treatment for energy exploration will drive down costs for the technology to a point where it can be implemented in break-even or non-profitable situations, like personal housing and small to medium-size businesses, where demand will grow as current water infrastructure decays. Vikram Rao and peers will present on topics surrounding water use in energy exploration at an upcoming Artemis Project webinar.
MIT’s most recent report on energy is on the Future of Natural Gas, following similar reports on coal and nuclear energy. It is co-edited by Ernest Moniz and Tony Meggs. The latter recently left BP as CTO. As reported in Forbes recently, the report emphasizes the role of shale gas in enabling natural gas substitution of coal. The authors see this as a transitional strategy for a low carbon future. We agree with that and have expressed similar ideas in the Directors Blog.
However, the report is surprisingly shy about discussing the environmental issues seen as facing shale gas exploitation. While we believe these are indeed tractable, they merit much more discussion than they were given. Accordingly we repair some of that omission here.The most significant issues center on three matters: fresh water withdrawals, flow back water and collateral issues, and produced water handling and disposal. [Read more…]
There’s an increasing concensus that natural gas will be America’s half-way house as we kick our fossil fuel habit. The difficulties lie in managing water use while extracting the transitional fuel.Because of the near surety of a long-term natural gas industry, technologies devoted to treating produced water form one of the few sectors where regulation and commercial interests are combining to create significant and immediate market demand for advanced water technologies, especially on-site water management systems, which will be critical to sustained hydraulic fracturing operations during shale gas extraction.However, as of yet, there isn’t a comprehensive description of the critical, functional elements of an on-site system capable of reliably, safely treating water produced by shale gas exploration.We do understand some of the requirements, including rugged design, reliable remote telemetry, and the capability to identify and remove salts and minerals, but we also recognize the necessity of gathering leading minds to further develop specifications that will meet the challenges inherent in shale gas drilling.For that purpose the Artemis Project is hosting a webinar that will gather an appropriately diverse group of experts to explore the challenges, solutions and investment opportunities surrounding efficient water management in energy exploration.Register nowThe webinar will occur on July 16 from 11:00am EST to 12:30pm. The webinar will be divided into two sessions.
Session 1: Trends and issues surrounding shale gas drilling.
- Bob Puls, Director of Research for the EPA’s Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Division, will brief the audience on current research into the impact of shale gas drilling on drinking water.
- Dr. Vikram Rao, the Director of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium and the former CTO of Halliburton, will discuss expected trends in shale gas exploration.
- Kathleen McGinty, Operating Partner at Element Partners and the former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will speak on how regulation and commercial forces are driving use of new approaches in shale gas drilling.
- Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will speak on concerns that have emerged as shale gas drilling has begun in the United States.
Session 2: Relevant advanced water technologies addressing drilling issues.
- Precision design tools for rugged, reliable on-site water reclaim.
- Sensors to provide accurate remote oversight in rugged environments.
- Advanced water treatment approaches — from forward osmosis to electrolysis to remove contaminants from produced water.