Environment (Real World)Paradigm Breaking News from Bakersfield, California
The majority of oil production in California occurs in Kern County, where approximately 576 energy producers generate approximately 223.92 million barrels annually, which equates to a daily petroleum product production of 613 thousand barrels (42 gallons is equal to 1 barrel.)
In Kern County 11-15 barrels of water is also displaced when each barrel of oil is extracted from the ground. This type of oily wastewater is commonly referred to as produced water. Typical disposal practices within the oil industry has been re-injection back into the ground, or evaporation in stagnant ponds. However, after 5 years of extreme drought, California recently passed new legislation known as Proposition 1, which requires produced water to be treated to a grade for alternative use.
As a result of Proposition 1’s passage, ECT Inc. was given the opportunity to perform a technology field pilot for Valley Water Management (VWM) in Kern County.(See article.)
This field pilot will demonstrate to VWM ECT’s abilities to treat petroleum produced water for reuse with the goal of achieving an irrigation water grade which can be distributed to surrounding farmers.
This particular VWM site receives produced water from five or six local energy producers, where approximately 390 barrels (16,380) is received daily. Furthermore, VWM manages another 12+ sites that collects, overall, roughly 500,000 barrels (21 million gallons) of produced water daily.
In 2016 this particular site was found to be out of compliance. Through a court order, the company was required to implement new treatment practices or face shut down with severe fines. As a result, ECT negotiated an agreement with VWM for a field pilot to demonstrate, in very real terms, the efficacy of ECOPOD powered by OriginClear toward meeting the new, far more stringent 2017 standards.
Prop 1’s requirement that produced water be repurposed (treated) for other reuse applications includes:
- farmland irrigation
- make up water for cooling towers
- recycled water for industrial applications
ECT hopes to capitalize in many ways from this pilot, as it demonstrates the efficacy of the ECOPOD powered by OriginClear method, which does not rely on traditional “additive” chemicals to affect chemical changes, to other local energy producers, who have until July 2017 to update their current waste water practices in order to comply with new state regulations.
If energy producers fail to comply and if continue to operate while out of compliance, they face shut down with severe fines from both the State and County authorities.
Within the petroleum industry and much like in Kern County, a barrel of petroleum is also accompanied by barrels of produced water. However, in other areas depending on geographic location the amount of water extracted during the petroleum process may vary. According to the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC), regulators for petroleum production in Texas, the average amount of produced water for every barrel of petroleum or cubic meter of natural gas range between 3 and 7 barrels of water (unlike Kern County’s 11-15 barrels)..