Chesapeake Energy should take Devon Energy’s example for water cycling instead of piping the toxic, highly corrosive produced water and drilling waste across town then boiling it and the toxins into the atmosphere.
Devon Energy testing new water-recycling process in Barnett Shale
Fort Worth Star Telegram – Fort Worth,TX,USA
By JIM FUQUAY Two versions of water use in the Barnett Shale, one representing the present and the other a possible future, are on view side-by-side …
The system uses ozone and ultrasonic vibrations to breakdown hydrocarbons and metals. After passing through that system twice, the water goes through an ultraviolet sterilizer which kills bacteria. It then goes through a reverse osmosis filter.
This system turns 4 barrels of brine into 3 barrels of water that is clean enough for a fish bowl. The remaining barrel still requires disposal.
Kudos to Devon Energy. However, they are only recycling a small percentage of water (2%) and that’s only a token.
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C Sykes says
Yes, it can be done, by responsible companies….are you listening, Chesapeake?
(Spend a less on Tommy Lee and a more on cleaning up your messes and maybe Sharon will leave you alone. Maybe.)
So 25% of produced water isn't fit for human consumption? 98% of all produced water is not being purified like this? That's kinda scary…