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GE creates device to recycle fracking water
AP via fuelfix ^ | Oct 1, 2010 | Jillian Cohan

Posted on 10/01/2010 10:06:53 AM PDT by thackney

General Electric Co. is launching a mobile device aimed at helping natural gas drillers recycle water used in a controversial gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing. The truck-sized, transportable device would cut down on both the amount of fresh water used and wastewater currently trucked long distances for disposal.

The company’s mobile evaporator would allow natural gas producers to reuse some of the millions of gallons of water used to extract natural gas from dense shale deposits deep underground through the so-called “fracking” process. Water is mixed with chemicals and sand and pumped at high pressure thousands of feet below the surface to create fissures in the rock and release the gas.

Fracking uses a large amount of fresh water and produces billions of gallons of wastewater annually, GE said. The company says its mobile evaporator will cut the volume of wastewater and fresh water needed by between 50 percent and 90 percent by recycling water directly at the well site.

(Excerpt) Read more at fuelfix.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; frac; naturalgas; oil; whatthefrack

1 posted on 10/01/2010 10:06:58 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

Fracking hope this works...lots of shale out there.


2 posted on 10/01/2010 10:09:14 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: thackney

I dont understand... are we running out of water? 2/3 of the planet is covered in the stuff...

We just spent A TRILLION DOLLARS and didnt make any new freshwater treatment plants?????


3 posted on 10/01/2010 10:09:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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To: thackney

Fracking good news!.............


4 posted on 10/01/2010 10:11:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: thackney

I don’t want to reuse anything that was involved in fracking.


5 posted on 10/01/2010 10:12:19 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: thackney

“controversial gas drilling process”

Only controversial to the AP and liberal reporters. Been used for years and years all over the world.

Idiots.


6 posted on 10/01/2010 10:12:30 AM PDT by edcoil (No "D's" for me!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Fracking water is the leading cause of wet spots.


7 posted on 10/01/2010 10:13:50 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: thackney

Neither site opens for me


8 posted on 10/01/2010 10:15:31 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

There is only one site.

Try their home page.

http://fuelfix.com


9 posted on 10/01/2010 10:17:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Damn technology - always solving environmental issues!

What is a primative enviro-communist got to do to force an end to drilling for oil and gas???!


10 posted on 10/01/2010 10:17:49 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: thackney

Intersting, since the nat gas extractors have claimed the fracking process is not harmful to drinking water.


11 posted on 10/01/2010 10:19:11 AM PDT by Lorianne (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ___ George Orwell)
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To: Red Badger

“Fracking good news!”

Sure is! It’s about time they did something about freakin’ frackin’ water!


12 posted on 10/01/2010 10:19:41 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger
It's about fracking time!
13 posted on 10/01/2010 10:19:58 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Lorianne
This isn't about drinking water, it is about reducing the need to handle/dispose of the water after the Hydraulic Fracturing operation is complete.
14 posted on 10/01/2010 10:22:59 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

We’re gonna find out who watches Battlestar Galactica, on this thread.


15 posted on 10/01/2010 10:23:38 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: thackney

Oh, Frack It!


16 posted on 10/01/2010 10:23:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: knarf

Did that link work for you?


17 posted on 10/01/2010 10:25:53 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Holy Fracking Water!


18 posted on 10/01/2010 10:34:41 AM PDT by frithguild (Joe Wilson was wrong when he shouted "You lie!" Obama doesn't just lie - he lies all the time.)
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To: edcoil

That was my first thought as well. Controversial?? By whom? Oh, the globull warming nuts, huh.


19 posted on 10/01/2010 10:36:49 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: thackney

no .. I’m looking around my machine to see what’s wrong


20 posted on 10/01/2010 10:40:29 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Fuelfix was created by the Houston Chronicle to replace some of the way they did their articles and I believe shares them with other Hearst Papers.

The article can also be found under their business pages:

http://www.chron.com/business/


21 posted on 10/01/2010 10:48:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Mr. K
I dont understand... are we running out of water? 2/3 of the planet is covered in the stuff...

A lot of the natural gas and oil shale is located in very dry, arid parts of the country. One of the factors (besides government) limiting the development of these resources is the lack of available water. The ability to reuse water is critical and this, if it works, is a big step forward.
22 posted on 10/01/2010 10:49:10 AM PDT by goldfinch
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To: Psycho_Bunny

What a bunch of felgercarb.


23 posted on 10/01/2010 10:49:21 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: thackney
GE creates device to recycle fracking water

Why those miserable cork-soakers! Those fargin sneaky bastages. I'm gonna take your dworks. I'm gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I'm gonna cut off your arms. I'm gonna shove 'em up your icehole. Dirty son-a-ma-batches. THIS IS FARGIN' WAR!

24 posted on 10/01/2010 10:54:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The battle lines are drawn: On one side, are Dems and Repubs. On the other, the Tea Party (us).)
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To: Lazamataz
Why those miserable cork-soakers! Those fargin sneaky bastages. I'm gonna take your dworks. I'm gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I'm gonna cut off your arms. I'm gonna shove 'em up your icehole. Dirty son-a-ma-batches. THIS IS FARGIN' WAR!

Johnny Dangerously: The name's Dangerously. Johnny Dangerously.
Lil: Did you know you're last name is an adverb?

25 posted on 10/01/2010 11:11:52 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: Lorianne
They say that it doesn't contaminate wells and aquifers.

This may resolve the problem with the contaminated water used in the fracking process held in holding ponds.

One of the fears is that the ponds could overflow and contaminate streams and rivers which supposedly has happened.

All in all, sounds like a very good thing. American ingenuity triumphs again.

26 posted on 10/01/2010 11:23:13 AM PDT by Eagles6
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To: thackney

Sounds good. Fracking is really taking off here in SW PA.


27 posted on 10/01/2010 11:24:10 AM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Lorianne

“Intersting, since the nat gas extractors have claimed the fracking process is not harmful to drinking water.”

Fracking isn’t harmful to water supplies as it is done far away from underground water tables and does not contact them. If you poured frac chemicals into a water supply it would certainly pollute it.

I own mineral rights that have two wells operating at this time. The water table extends down about 700 feet under the surface at the site. The fracking took place at about 5500 feet own and extended about 200 feet up and down from that level.


28 posted on 10/01/2010 11:24:15 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: Mr. K

We aren’t running out of water, but dealing with trucking water to a fracking well is expensive.. massive amounts of water are needed to perform the procedure and you have to treat the water after you are done because it is full off all sort of nasty stuff you don’t want seeping into the water table. A mobile device that can cut down on the volume of water needed and to help clean up the waste water generated is a major win.

Now, for the bonus round.. who invented the fracking procedure to begin with?


29 posted on 10/01/2010 11:28:09 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: thackney

This is the first time I’ve ever seen the word “fracking” used correctly in the media. Too funny.


30 posted on 10/01/2010 11:39:26 AM PDT by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: HamiltonJay

Stanolind Oil and Gas Company (> Pan American Petroleum Corp > Amoco > BP) developed the process then called Hydrafrac. In 1949 this process was then used commercially by the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company “Howco” under an exclusive license until made available to others in 1953.


31 posted on 10/01/2010 11:54:28 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: HamiltonJay

I knew a college professor that held pneumatic fracturing patents for remediation.


32 posted on 10/01/2010 2:58:03 PM PDT by Rodamala
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