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Carbon Capture Project Aims to Reduce Oil Sands’ Carbon Footprint

FuelCell Energy has signed a contract with investment firm Alberta Innovates for an engineering study on fuel cell carbon capture at a Husky Energy-owned heavy oil thermal facility near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada. The engineering study is part of a multi-phase project to show how commercial-scale fuel cells carbon capture can … Read more »

Fracking Green Chemistry Roundtable Launched

Apache, Dow Chemical and Marathon Oil are among the members of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute’s newly formed roundtable to identify opportunities for the oil and gas industry to use green chemistry and engineering in hydraulic fracturing. The ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable is open to new members; … Read more »

Aqua-Pure Expands Fracking Water Treatment

Aqua-Pure Ventures has installed a second Rover unit in the Eagle Ford through FQS Ventures, a joint venture between Aqua-Pure’s Fountain Quail Water Management subsidiary and Select Energy Services. The Rover began recycling produced and flowback water to clean brine last week. The installation was done for a large public … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Water Act, RFS Suit Looms, Kauai GMO Bill

The House will take up the Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week, according to a statement by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Senate passed the act in May. The American Petroleum Institute plans to sue if the EPA does not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by the … Read more »

AT&T GE Siemens

GE, AT&T, Siemens Support Keystone XL

A diverse group of over 150 companies, including AT&T, Motorola, Siemens, Volvo and Wyndham Worldwide, have urged President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Companies signing the letter include many one would expect – fossil fuel companies such as Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Shell; utilities such … Read more »

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Radioactive Contaminants Found at Fracking Wastewater Disposal Site

Elevated levels of radioactivity, salts and metals have been found in river water and sediments at a site where treated water from oil and gas operations is discharged into a western Pennsylvania creek, according to a Duke University study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study examined … Read more »

Water Treatment Chemical Market to Hit $6.7bn in 2017

Water Treatment Chemical Market to Hit $6.7bn in 2017

US demand for water treatment chemicals will rise 3.2 percent per year to reach $6.7 billion in 2017, an increase driven by growth in the oil, gas and mining industries and a rebound in manufacturing production, according to a study by the Freedonia Group. The Cleveland, Ohio-based industry market research … Read more »

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Omni Treats 140,000 Barrels of Produced Water from Fracking

Since June, Omni Water Solutions has treated more than 140,000 barrels of Marathon Oil’s flowback and produced water in Texas’ Eagle Ford shale to reduce boron and enable re-use of the cleaned water for drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Marathon Oil has been using Omni’s Hippo mobile water treatment … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Shell to Build CCS Project for Canadian Oil Sands Operation

Royal Dutch Shell announced it will build a $1.36 billion carbon capture and storage project to cut carbon dioxide emissions up to 35 percent at its 255,000-barrel-per-day oil sands upgrader in Canada. Shell said the CCS project, which should be completed by late 2015, will capture more than one million … Read more »