Recycling fracking water
It was just a few years ago that fracking was introduced and the process is now being currently used. (Fracking refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore, from where it can be extracted.)
No one ever thought twice about reusing the water until now.
“Disposal Solutions will pump well-site water from trucks, put it in retention ponds where it can be cleansed of chemicals, dirt and rocks, and send it back out to drilling operations.”
This idea is still new but companies such as Apache Corp., and Devon Energy are trying to head off any potential shortage of water to be used for fracking. Recently, a study estimated that fracking use up roughly 13 million gallons of water. With this being said, there is a need to recycle all this water being used, especially where there are places that are suffering because of droughts and they have no water.
I won’t go too much into this subject, as I can go on and on, and there are different views on this matter. There are rigs all over the world’s oceans that are abandoned, or “decommissioned” and only until recently they are there to stay. In the past, once an oil rig becomes decommissioned, it would have to be removed, and natural habitat is to be restored. This process as you can imagine can be very expensive. Recently, scientists have found out that these “abandoned” oil rigs are actually a positive outlook on the marine life below. Fish have taken shelter under these rigs, and overtime has become their homes. Even though the homes are artificial and not part of their “natural” habitat, if the rigs are removed, the fish must find other homes.
I’m not agreeing that they should stay as other matters are involved such as pollution and oil leaks.
“Petroleum platforms are artificial habitats. Whether placed as an artificial reef or a working (producing petroleum) structure, they have been found to increase the algae and invertebrates that at-tract and significantly increase the numbers and species of fish….The program benefits petroleum platform owners by eliminating the high cost of transporting the structure for disposal. States benefit as the platform develops into an area that enhances commercial and recreational fishing, tourism, and the biological community…”
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