It’s the Vegetation, Stupid

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We have spent billions of dollars to try to mitigate climate change. We’ve spent time in labs developing products, we’ve given away government incentives to use products we think will help, and we’ve spent quite a lot on marketing the message. But we haven’t yet tried the one thing that will work.

Vegetation. 

Nature has its own way of getting rid of carbon in the air and it doesn’t come with a billion-dollar price tag. We can swap carbon for oxygen by plants and trees doing what plants and trees do. They take in carbon and use it themselves and then release oxygen into the air. 

Plants and trees are a carbon dioxide vacuum cleaner.

But in the arid Western states, this simple process won’t work because we don’t have water to make those plants and trees grow.

 Or do we? 

We actually have billions of gallons of water in each state, each year, ready to get Mother Nature’s carbon mitigating “machine” turning. 

That water is the by-product water coming from industry, primarily oil wells. It gets cleaned up through thermal, reverse-osmosis, or other technology, and then, that water can then go on the ground to water vegetation. Plants grow. Carbon is mitigated. And we turn the desert into an oasis.

But it will require a change – and change is often hard. But we can help. Give us a call or drop us a line. Let’s figure this out together.

818.470.02895, director@beneficialusewateralliance.com

It’s Not That Easy Being Green

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Kermit the Frog was right. It’s not that easy being green. He meant that when you’re a frog, you kind of blend into things. Today, ‘green’ means a lot of things and everybody has defined it a little bit to fit their own tastes.

Encore GREEEN, the conservation and agriculture company, has found it’s not easy being green also. We get Kermit.

Everybody thinks they know what you mean when we say that Encore Green and BUWA are ‘green.’ 

Some people think that means we want fossil fuels to be a thing of the past by next Tuesday. Or we want our nation to be dependent on other countries for oil – countries that don’t have a really great record of being that stable or friendly to us.

But it doesn’t. We stand on the side of the land, not the side of lobbyists for the environmentalists or lobbyists for the oil companies. We want to keep drilling alive, but we want it to also be responsible and – with Conservation By-Design – provide billions of gallons of by-product water to the arid West. 

We want the soil to not blow away with the winds. We want grassland producing more oxygen into the air to sequester the carbon. We want vegetation of all types to grow, benefiting us all.

But, because we are on the side of the land, people don’t understand that there is new position to hold.

It’s not easy being green. But join with us. We’ll make it easy.

 

 

 

Whose Side Are You On?

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Today it’s all about sides, right? Are you on THEIR side or OUR side? Whether it’s politics or what-to-get-outraged-about-today or it’s simply a football game at the local high school, we all want to know whose side you’re on.

These days people are asking whose side BUWA and Encore Green are on.

This is easy. 

We’re not on your side, environmentalists, at least not completely. 

We’re not on your side, oil companies, at least not completely. 

We’re all so busy drawing battle lines and handing out t-shirts for our team, that we have not realized there’s another side to be on.

We’re on the land’s side.

We’re on the side of Mother Nature who has lots of dirt in these arid states that is parched and thirsty. Soil is made to grow things. The only difference between the brown landscape and a bright green landscape is water. Water grows things and fulfills what dirt is all about.

We’re on the side of growing things to stop soil erosion, grow vegetation, mitigate the carbon in our air, thought carbon sequestration. We’re on the side of the land and from the very beginning we defined ourselves as being a good steward 

So, come on over to the land’s side. It’s not our side. It was here before us and it will be here when we’re gone. We just want to leave it in better shape than we found it.

The Land’s Side. Join us.

It’s Your Move, Wyoming

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Have you ever been outside around twilight and your eyes keep adjusting to the fading light so you don’t realize just how dark it’s getting? All of a sudden you say to yourself, “Hey, it’s dark out here.” Well, our Wyoming drilling friends, that’s what’s going on with oilfield by-product water and how our regulators are handlings things.

Forget what it says on government letterhead about the role, responsibilities, and  the agenda of our regulators. Very simply, there are many (but not all) bureaucrats in government roles who are determined to shut down drilling. And figuratively speaking, it’s about 8 o’clock on a summer night and we don’t realize that the light is just about all gone. 

There’s a complex chess game going on, while Wyoming oil companies are busy playing checkers. The forces that want to shut down drilling have realized that the lever that keeps the drilling and oil production reduced or dwindling is very simply the by-product water that comes from the oil well. 

If you can’t do something with all this water, you can’t drill. It’s just that simple. 

So, since our regulators can’t politically block drilling directly, they are actively blocking green, conservation-minded initiatives to clean up the by-product water to become what we in Wyoming call, “beneficial-use.”  States have different names, but we just mean water that can be used for something other than throwing away by injecting back in the ground. 

The very people tasked with the job of protecting our land, water, and air are happy to allow by-product water that is of unknown makeup to be injected back into a hole in the ground. They are happy to block all new green initiatives that help deal with this water so that a (at best) risky “disposal” method can continue. Meanwhile, voices are calling for disclosure of what’s in the water that is being allowed dangerously close to our ground water in these “injection wells.” So, in this way, oil production continues to cause collateral damage and gives ammunition to the voices to stop drilling all together.

You see, protecting the environment is not the end goal of some of these regulators. And that’s the chess game we’re all playing, whether we realize it or not. The end goal is to shut down drilling in Wyoming. 

So, Wyoming, it’s your move. 

If you want to talk about this, give a shout. We’re already up on this soapbox, so we’re happy to keep talking. 

Director@BeneficialUseWaterAlliance.com, 818.470.0285

Water Is The Biggest #BigIdeas2019

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LinkedIn has launched #BigIdeas2019 to track what we all see as the big ideas for this coming year. Well, that’s easy to answer.

We have seen the future and the future is water. And by “future” we mean later this afternoon.

You see, you’ll want a drink of water sometime today. And tomorrow as well.  We need water. We all know that.

So, what’s the big idea? 

To explain it, we have to back up a little. For the arid, western states, the end goal is to protect the aquifer so we have water to drink. How we do that is the Big Idea. 

To protect the aquifer, we need to first see who all takes water out of it. Well, agriculture and conservation take water out of the aquifer. But, we want to also keep eating, so agriculture needs to keep getting water. And we need to protect the soil and the land for future use, so conservation needs to keep getting water out, too.

Here’s the big idea: Let’s give agriculture and conservation a NEW source of water.

Let’s take the BILLIONS of gallons of by-product water that comes from oilfields and manufacturing, clean it up to match the needs of the surrounding soil, and let’s use THAT water for agriculture and conservation, instead of the aquifer. Vegetation grows. Carbon is reduced. The aquifer is protected.

Conservation By-Design is a new method to accomplish just that. That’s the big idea – but here’s the thing: Encore Green, LLC  has used their Conservation By-Design method in a pilot project to turn the idea into reality. So, it’s actually the #BigReality2019.

Ready to put the biggest idea of 2019 to work? Give us a call, 818.470.0285 or director@beneficialusewateralliance.com.

#bigideas2019

Going (Literally) Green

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Are you trying to “go green” in the new year? Well, Encore GREEN already has gone green in their solution for oilfield by-product water. They are literally going green, like really green. You know, like the color green in your kid’s crayon box. 

If you’re in the western oil producing states, take a look at the land surrounding the oil wells. Go ahead, look. What do you see?  

You see brown. You see cracked, dry, thirsty brown dirt that doesn’t see the color green because it rarely receives much water. But if you look next to those oil wells, you’ll see millions of gallons of oil well by-product water right there, where the soil so urgently needs water. 

Encore Green is all about cleaning that very water by removing the elements that won’t help the soil grow vegetation. Once cleaned, the brown dirt has green grassland. Then, you got vegetation. If you got vegetation, what do you then have? Think back to your 5th grade science book: if you have vegetation, you have oxygen. And with extra oxygen comes less carbon.

So, by using the GREEN solution of Encore Green, the world gets less carbon, more oxygen, and the barren wastelands become an oasis.

That’s the solution. Give us a call and we’ll start your land, your oil well, or your by-production water going green.  818.470.0285 or Director@BeneficialUseWaterAlliance.com

Got Skin in the ‘Water Game’?

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We think we might be on to something. You see, we meet all types of people from all types of jobs, as we are wrangling all types of stakeholders together to transform industrial water into beneficial-use for ag and conservation. 

We find a lot of people smiling and nodding and if we had a dollar for each expression of moral support, we’d be dining at much better restaurants these days. But, we think we have realized one of the big obstacles to transforming these Western states by putting an abundance of water on our land:

Too many people who are involved have no skin in the game.

Ever hear that joke, at breakfast you can see commitment. The chicken contributed the eggs and participated, but the pig contributed the bacon and that was commitment.

We have too many chickens in the water game. 

We call them stakeholders, but they don’t have a personal stake in seeing the West solve its water issues.

> They pull a paycheck each week, even if they keep throwing away billions of gallons of water.

> They get their bonus if they keep the by-product water machine running – not if they innovate and stop injecting questionable water into a questionable hole in the ground.

> They get grants and pilot projects going, which proves all sorts of things, but changes nothing. Except it sets up their next grant, which does nothing. Except it sets up, well, you get the idea.

What we need are people who will catch the vision of what the West looks like if the oilfield by-product water is cleaned up and creates green vegetation where there’s now only a lot of brown dust.

In short, do you have skin in the game?

If we keep doing things exactly as we do – and suffer the consequences of potentially contaminated ground water and a dry aquifer – do you care?

We have skin in the game. Come on, join our team. Give us a call:

818.470.0285 or director@beneficialusewateralliance.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Injection Wells Haven’t Done For You Lately (Caution: Snarky Commentary)

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So, you think injecting the oilfield by-product water’s a good idea? Well, other than putting off until tomorrow what you should deal with today, it’s not really doing that much for you:

> Injection doesn’t dispose of the by-product water. You just change its address from oilfield to the injection well. Pretty soon you’ll have to deal with what that water’s been doing underground and what it’s made of. But for today, sure, go ahead and tell yourself you disposed of it. 

> Injection doesn’t know the water’s makeup when you shove it into the ground. You know, since it’s a trade secret and all that. Only a couple of engineers from the oil company know for sure what chemicals are now underground. And they’re not talking.

> Injection doesn’t know where the water really goes once in the ground. Sure, close your eyes and turn on the injection pump. But injection can’t guarantee you it stays in the well. Sometimes water in the vast underground caverns gets a mind of its own. And no, it won’t apply for a permit from the EPA to wander around underground.

> Injection is a poor solution which continues to perpetuate the idea that drilling is bad for the environment. And, well, you’re injecting or allowing to be injected water of unknown chemical makeup into a dark hole with no way to know where it goes from there. So, if you don’t care about the future of drilling, go ahead and inject. 

> Injection has never made the water grow a single blade of grass. It hasn’t kept away erosion or provided livestock watering or growing of alfalfa. It hasn’t helped the environment by sending oxygen into the air. It hasn’t protected the aquifer by not using the aquifer water for ag or fracking. Conservation By-Design will tell you exactly what the water going on the land is made of and we’ll let everyone know, because the water will have been cleaned and scientifically matched to the surrounding soil. 

Not injecting and, instead, transforming that water into beneficial-use will do all that.

So, the choice is yours. I think you might see where we stand. How about you?

Win-Win-Win: As Long As Everyone’s Honest

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At Encore Green and the Beneficial-Use Water Alliance, we have always said we’re wanting to create a win-win-win for stakeholders when it comes to transforming by-product water into beneficial-use water. And that’s still the goal. But this plan really only works if the stakeholders do what they say they are out to do. 

For instance, the oil companies want to do something with all the water that’s coming out of the oil well. So, they work with everyone to figure out the best way. We would be confused if the oil companies suddenly said they’ll just cap the oil well and go out of business. That’d be crazy, right? But they are in business and need to figure out their water problem. Them we understand.

The rancher/landowner is trying to figure out how to get more water on their arid ground. We’d be confused if they suddenly said that they didn’t want water and that they were okay with less yield and winnowed herds due to drought. That’d be crazy, right? But they are in business to grow things and they need to figure out their water problem. Them we understand.

The regulators are trying to protect the land and want to make sure that the oil and water are handled in the best way that will serve the land. They are, after all, by definition, setting out to ‘protect the environment.’ We’d be confused if they decided they only wanted the by-product water from the oil well to be thrown away (injection or evap ponds) and not used to help the environment. We’d be especially confused if the regulators didn’t want water that has been cleaned and now defined as beneficial-use to be put to, well, beneficial-use and used for conservation and ag.

We’d be confused. And to be honest, we ARE confused. Makes us think that the regulators might have a different agenda in mind than protecting the environment in the Western oil-producing states.

But maybe we’re wrong. We hope we’re wrong. We hope the regulators will prove that we’re wrong. We want all the stakeholders to win - including the environment.

If Dirt Could Talk

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If dirt could talk, we know what it’d say. 

But, first, let’s back up. See that plot of land over there in the West with the oilfields?

Everyone says they know what’s best for that land. Industry says there’s valuable oil in it, so we should drill. The environmentalists and regulators say they know what’s best for that soil and they will decide, based upon current political wind-blowing. Land developers see buildings. Hikers see a trail.

Another way to ask this question is, “Who should be in charge of this land?” Or, an even better way to ask the question, “Who is the best STEWARD of the land?”   

Well, if dirt could talk, it would say that the land owner, rancher, and farmer should be in charge of the land because they inherently have a vested interest in the health of that land. They are the ones who will defend it and protect it. They have invested cold,hard cash to have the right to live on it and grow things on it. They have put in lots of sweat and resources to maintain it and make sure the land remains healthy. 

If dirt could talk, it’d say that it’d rather be growing things that benefit people and animals. It’d rather be producing oxygen and soaking up carbon. It’d rather be growing lush, green vegetation that delights the eye and the senses. It’d rather be a solution to our climate issues. It’d rather not sit bone dry with the wind blowing away its top layer. 

That’s why at BUWA and Encore Green, we start with soil science. What does the land need? We “ask” the dirt by conducting extensive testing. When we know what the dirt “says,” we then transform the by-product water into beneficial use water to match exactly what the soil needs. 

Today, the dirt is saying, “Can I have a drink of water?” 

If industry and the regulators would let the land be in charge and we start putting plentiful amounts of beneficial-use water on the land, we know what the dirt will say.

The dirt will say, “Thank you.”