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.