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Water Recycling and Energy

Oil and gas production and the use of water have gone hand-in-hand for many years, said Shawn Bartholomae of Prodigy Oil and Gas Company in Irving, Texas. As it relates to water usage there has been nothing less than a revolution taking place in the production of oil and gas. Leaders of the revolution have introduced a combination of technology, innovation and common sense. Developers of the newest innovations in fracking had to prove to a dubious public that fracking can be done safely and effectively. Combining the innovations of horizontal drilling, Texas alone has doubled its production in the last two years.

This situation, coupled with the help of other parts of the country such as N. Dakota and the Bakken shale, we can face a potential crisis in a foreign land without a panic run to the pump or severe gas shortages. Much of the calmer atmospheres of today’s crises is the confidence that we can meet current oil and gas production needs.

Now as we face potential water shortages, we see technology applications appearing on the horizon. As in oil and gas production, it is time to let those with workable visions ply their ideas and give common sense a chance to work.

David Marquis is a consultant on water issues with the Texas Conservation Alliance.

His views can give everyone hope for solutions to our water shortage which only promises to get worse. That is unless new and better thinking intervenes and offers better solutions.

An excerpt from his writings:

Water recycling is the rage today. It is everywhere, from Melbourne Australia to Anaheim, California, from Big Springs Texas to West Virginia.

“And why is this happening? Because of technology. And common sense.

Water recycling uses high-tech membrane filters to turn municipal effluent into safe drinking water. The process starts with filters with tiny microscopic pores and uses then uses ultraviolet light and common chemicals like chlorine to reclaim and reuse water. The water is then put into a lake or an aquifer and later goes back into the municipal water system.

Water recycling can also be accomplished by the use of man-made wetlands, a feat of combining engineering with technology and nature. Filtering water through hundreds of acres of native plants cleans the water through natural biological processes. These much smaller wetlands provide as much water as huge reservoirs and also provide beautiful habitat for wildlife, recreation and research.

“Water has always been part of our lives, and recycling and technology are here to stay. By using the three together we can go a long way to ensuring adequate supplies of clean water for the future”.

Water and Energy are closely related. With ample supplies of energy coupled with intelligent application of technology and recycling we can have an adequate supply of both and have a beautiful environment as a bonus.

Prodigy Oil and Gas Looks at Hydraulic Fracturing as An Industry

Prodigy Oil and Gas

July 30, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely for years says Shawn Bartholomae, CEO of Prodigy Oil and Gas. Hydraulic fracturing is the breaking up of rock by a pressurized liquid. Some hydraulic fractures form naturally—certain veins or dikes are examples. Induced hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures (typically less than 1mm), along which fluids such as gas, petroleum and brine water may migrate to the well. The radial distance the process influence from the well is typically 150 yards. Hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, then small grains of proppant (sand or aluminum oxide) hold these fractures open. The technique is very common in wells for shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, coal-seam gas and hard rock wells. This well stimulation is typically conducted once in the life of the well and greatly enhanced fluid removal and well productivity.

Prodigy Oil and Gas wasn’t around when experiments using hydraulic fracturing were begun in 1947, and the first commercially successful applications were in 1949. But as of 2010, it was estimated that 60% of all new oil and gas wells worldwide were being hydraulically fractured. As of 2012, 2.5 million hydraulic fracturing jobs have been performed on oil and gas wells worldwide, more than one million of them in the United States.

Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic benefits from the vast amounts of formerly inaccessible hydrocarbons the process can extract. Opponents point to potential environmental impacts, including contamination of ground water, depletion of fresh water, risks to air quality, the migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, surface contamination from spills and flow-back, and the health effects of these. For these reasons hydraulic fracturing has come under international scrutiny, with some countries suspending or banning it. However, some of those countries, including most notably the United Kingdom, have recently lifted their bans, choosing to focus on regulations instead of outright prohibition.

Mr. Bartholomae agrees, for all of the scrutiny given to the hazards of fracking, most reports fall under political influence. The actual health dangers of fracking have many times been found to be miniscule or non-existent.

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MoneyShow San Francisco-August, 2013

On behalf of Silver Tusk Oil, well-known international energy investment guru Dr. Kent Moors explains how retail investors can play the new oil and gas market for sizable profits. Dr. Moors will outline a low-risk strategy and provide three sure-fired stock picks to get you started, based on over 35 years of advising global energy heavyweights. Dr. Moors will be addressing the Investment Master Symposium at the MoneyShow. Tickets are required for this event.

Tax Benefits of Oil and Gas Investments

Tax Benefits of Oil and Gas Investments (Note: The following is for general informational purposes only.  Please seek the advice of a licensed tax professional.)   What is the tax advantage of an oil and gas investment? After the Tax Reform Act of 1986 which eliminated many tax shelters, direct participation programs in oil and gas wells are one of the few remaining investments that allow investors to shelter income, making it one of the most tax advantaged investments today.  To offset the risk associated with the investment you may now deduct the entire investment, regardless of the success or failure of the investment, from ordinary income. What are the tax incentives specifically? Continue reading