Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blackfeet Will Use Non-chemical Gear to Treat Water from Fracking

The Blackfeet Tribe has reached agreement with a Florida company to use a special "non-chemical" process to treat water removed during "fracking" operations for oil and gas on the reservation.

The tribe has agreements with three different companies that are actively exploring for oil and gas sites on the 3,000 acre reservation which sits on top of the prolific Bakken shale, a formation that has experienced a recent boom of activity in the Williston Basin.

Newfield Exploration, Rosetta Resources and Anschutz Exploration have all secured mineral rights from the tribe and are actively drilling vertical and horizontal wells on the reservation to pursue the Southern Alberta Basin, which includes the Bakken, Three Forks, Nisku and Lodgepole formations.

Under terms of the agreement announced Wednesday, Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. will deploy its Ozonix water treatment services to oil and gas companies conducting hydraulic fracturing ("fracking" or "fracing") operations on the reservation. That process uses non-chemical treatment for 100% of the water that's removed during fracking and then re-used. The company says it will prevent the oil companies from having to truck wastewater to disposal sites off the reservation.

"We chose to partner with Ecosphere and Hydrozonix after spending significant time and effort evaluating all available water treatment technologies in the market," said Grinnell Day Chief, Oil and Gas Manager for the Blackfeet Tribe.

"We have visited the frac sites where Ecosphere is replacing traditional chemicals with Ozonix for its customers and recycling 100% of their waters. By providing the oil and gas companies operating on our land with access to this environmentally sound and cost-effective technology, we are reinforcing our commitment to improving the quality of life for our people through economic development of our energy resources while also preserving our vital natural water resources for future generations."

This post poses the question--If this can be done in Florida--Why can't it be done elsewhere? Thus limiting the potential dangers of fracking.

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