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.”

 

 

WYSGA - Our New Partner!

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Partnership Announced by Beneficial-Use Water Alliance and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association

Partnership Fosters Expansion of Beneficial-Use Water for Wyoming’s Ranchers

(Cheyenne)  Marvin Nash, Strategy Specialist for the Beneficial-Use Water Alliance (BUWA) and Jim Magagna, Executive Vice-President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WYSGA), jointly announced their partnership to facilitate opportunities for ranchers throughout Wyoming to receive beneficial-use water for their agricultural needs. 

“At BUWA, we are bringing all the stakeholders together to take industrial by-product water and transform it into beneficial-use water to make sure the ranchers and landowners have useful water for their own ranch’s needs.Partnering with WYSGA allows us to help their members more effectively,” says Marvin Nash.

“We recognize how essential sufficient water is to Wyoming agriculture. We welcome the partnership with BUWA to make sure that water can be put to use on ranches, instead of disposing of the water,” says Jim Magagna.

BUWA’s sister company, Encore Green, LLC uses the patent-pending Conservation By-Design™ methodology to take industry by-production water, primarily from oil wells, and clean up the water to match the soil’s makeup on the rancher’s own land. The methodology has been proved and is built upon the need to scientifically test the makeup of both the surrounding soil and the by-product water across multiple data points. Once tested, the water cleaning plan is devised and the cleaning begins. Once cleaned, the water is re-tested for effectiveness, and then applied to the land.  

“There are very legitimate concerns about what happens to our environment. We hold that the land itself should be in charge of what happens to it. The one person that will make sure the land is protected is actually the rancher. That’s why any plan about transforming the by-product water needs the rancher in the center of it,” adds Marvin Nash.

 

Established in 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association serves the Wyoming cattle industry by protecting its economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, customs, and cultural interests. You can learn more at WYSGA.org.

Beneficial-Use Water Alliance brings the stakeholders – the oil industry, the regulators, the ranchers, the environmentalists, and landowners – together to transform the billions of gallons of by-product water into beneficial-use water for agriculture and conservation. You can learn more at BeneficialUseWaterAlliance.com.

 

 

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The World Needs More Cowboys

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Recently, the University of Wyoming took some grief because of their slogan, “The World Needs More Cowboys.” 

Could someone please publish a list of politically correct things we can or cannot say because, well, nobody wants to get in trouble with the Thought Police.

Except Cowboys.

And that’s why we agree with the slogan and have discovered (the hard way) that when it comes to blazing trails about bringing water to our arid land in the West, we are surprisingly in short supply of true Cowboys (despite the many belt buckles and hats that we see).

Cowboys are willing to seek innovation over complacency, new solutions over inferior ones, protecting the environment over bureaucracy, and are willing to go against the status quo because the status quo never came up with something new. 

So, our friends at the ranch or the oilfield or the regulation office or anyone who drinks water…..are you a Cowboy?

 

 

 

 

Knowledge Gap? No, Synergy Gap

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Do we have a “knowledge gap” about industrial by-product water? Well, some say we do. 

They say we don’t know how to clean the water properly. Or that we don’t know what by-product water is made of. They say we can’t make it work economically for the industrial side and can’t make it work effectively for the conservation side.

Are they right? We answer with a big, fat “no.” We don’t have a knowledge gap – we have a synergy gap.

It’s true that the oil companies don’t know how to grow vegetation on the land. And it’s true that the conservationists and ranchers don’t know how to efficiently get oil out of the ground to the refinery. The engineers don’t know about the economics of it all, and the CFOs have other things to figure out instead of soil or water science. 

Until now.

What has been needed all along is for someone – in this case Encore Green and BUWA – to understand the needs of each of the different people and groups involved and pool each of their bits of knowledge together, into a synergistic whole.

That’s the gap to close – and that’s what BUWA and Encore Green are all about. There is no knowledge gap IF we bring all the spheres of knowledge together. 

Guess what? There’s no IF. We’ve already done it. 

So, let’s stop talking about how you know this, but don’t know that. We’ve talked to all of you (or at least all of you in each area of expertise) and we have a solution to effectively take industrial by-product water, clean it up, and put it on the ground for conservation and agriculture.

Now, the only knowledge gap is if you decide you want to remain ‘un-knowledgeable’ of this fact.

 

 

Produced Water Status Quo Solutions: Trying to Put Toothpaste Back in the Tube

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The toothpaste’s out of the tube. The horse is out of the barn. The water’s under the bridge.

Choose your cliché; they all add up to the fact that there is now a proven methodology to take the by-product water from oilfields or manufacturing, transform that water, and then apply it to the surrounding land for conservation or agriculture. No more dangerous injection wells or ineffective evaporation ponds. No more dusty fields without water. No more barren vegetation. No more ag drains on the aquifer.

Yep, ever since Encore Green and BUWA teamed up with Conservation By-Design™ there’s just a big ol’ mess of toothpaste piled up on the bathroom sink. And yet -- many engineers, oil field executives, and manufacturing plant managers are still huddled around trying to scoop the paste back into the tube. They hire experts and spend all kinds of money to try to slide that paste back in. But it’s not working.

It’s time to embrace having enough water for the ranch, the grassland, and the aquifer.  Give us a call – whether you own land with oil wells, manage those wells or manufacturing plants, or you just want to see our land have a continual drink of water.

Time to move on. Give us a call.

Got Water?

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The ground out here in the West is thirsty. Problem is, there isn’t any new additional water to put out onto the ground. Or is there?

Tomorrow, Monday , October 29th, Encore Green, LLC is changing all that. Through a process called Conservation By-Design ™,  oilfield by-product water is cleaned to match the surrounding soil for optimal vegetation growth. 

At 1:30pm just outside Cheyenne, Encore Green will be applying beautifully clean water onto the grassland of a local rancher.  

We need water. Now we have some.

For more information or if you’d like to visit the water applying event, contact Jeff Holder at 818.470.0285 or director@beneficialusewater.com.

 

 

This Changes Everything

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In less than 3 days, Encore Green is going to apply barrels of beneficial-use water onto grassland of a Cheyenne rancher. Until recently, that water went by a lot of bad names – “wastewater” or “produced water.” It had come out of an oil well and, like it’s hole companion crude oil, it was in need of refining. 

So, Encore Green jumped through the regulatory, economic, and scientific hoops to first test the grassland soil for its makeup and then clean the oilfield water to match those soil specs. And then, just for good measure, re-tested the water to make sure it was clean and ideal for vegetation growth. 

Now, on Monday the 29th, the water is going to be applied to the land. 

Think for just a moment about our arid western lands watered in this way. Could you use some more water on your land? Could you use more water in your aquifer since it’s not going for ag or frackkng? Don’t you think the land desires this kind of stewardship?

If you’re in the Cheyenne area, drop by. We’d love to say hi. For an invitation, just email Jeff Holder at director@beneficialusewateralliance.com.  Because after Monday, everything changes!

 

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What the EPA Gets Right

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While the IRS is probably our least favorite government agency, many may feel the EPA runs a close second. 

But -- here’s something that the Clean Water Act and the EPA get right for the people out West.

The Clean Water Act says the by-product water from an oilfield cannot be applied to the land. 

HOWEVER – if that land is west of the 98thMeridian, you can apply the water if it’s beneficial-use to the land. It’s noted as Subpart E of the law and allows some amazing opportunities for conservation and agriculture in our arid and semi-arid states.

The 98thMeridian – you can google it – essentially runs in the US from the middle of North Dakota, all the way down through Texas. It covers the arid western states that, thanks to new technology and Encore Green’s Conservation By-Design methodology, can have much-needed water to create grasslands for erosion mitigation or for agriculture. 

The land is thirsty and the EPA knows that. This Subpart E, should be considered the BigPart E for Ecology because with this exception to the Law we can have plenty of water to water our land.

Conservation By-Design. Ready to water a land near you.

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