Hickenlooper on Frakin’ Frack Fluid

I was surprised to learn from my governor here in Colorado that he believes ANY fracking fluid would be safe. It’s not just what goes down the hole, it’s the quality of water coming back up that will be contaminated, just like any other “produced water.” It’s important industry wants to minimize what goes down the well.

Despite what you might have heard, I much prefer drinking beer to frack fluid.

For the uninitiated, “frack fluid” is the liquid product oil and gas developers use in deep underground drilling operations. It is mostly water, but includes other ingredients and chemicals that are designed to open up oil and gas deposits and be recovered in the drilling process.

Knowing what’s in the fluid and making sure the ingredients are known to the public is what prompted us to pass the most rigorous and transparent frack fluid disclosure rule in the country about a year ago. We negotiated that rule with industry and the environmental community (including the Environmental Defense Fund).

Our goal has been to encourage industry to use ingredients that are safe for the environment. So when an industry executive came to my office over a year ago touting the safety of their product – a new form of frack fluid based on food additives – we put him to the test by asking whether it was safe to drink. He said yes. So I challenged him to take a sip. He did, and so did I.

I can’t say it tasted good, but it was, as advertised, a completely safe product for human consumption. (This is not to imply that anyone would drink the frack fluid being used today).

As we move forward in developing energy, we ought to insist on the strictest and most effective environmental safeguards.

Although tasting frack fluid might seem newsworthy to some, it was not really the point of testimony we recently gave to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. We were drawing attention to the fact that Colorado has created the most comprehensive and stringent set of regulations around oil and gas production in the country.

If you are interested in what went on there, please take a moment to click on this link (and go to 48:45) and let me know what you think.

Thanks,
John Hickenlooper

Colorado Ranked 4th Nationwide in Clean Energy Jobs

Colorado ranked fourth in new clean energy and clean transportation jobs during the third quarter, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonpartisan business group based in Washington, D.C.

The group looked at job announcements across the nation and counted more than 18,000 new clean energy jobs announced during the quarter, up from the previous quarter as well as a year ago. It issued its “Clean Energy Works for Us” jobs report on Thursday. The report is available here.

During the second quarter of 2014, the group counted more than 12,000 job announcements. During the third quarter of 2013, nearly 15,000 jobs were announced, the group said.

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IX Power Clean Water’s OrganiClear™ Inventor Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham to head vital Water Work Group for New Mexico

           Dr. Enid (Jeri) Sullivan Graham of Los Alamos National Laboratory, who led the multi-lab team that created IX Power Clean Water’s OrganiClear™ technology, has been tapped by New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez to head up a key team working on one of that drought-ridden state’s most important energy and water science issues. Dr. Graham will be leading the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Brackish Water Work Group.

            The EMNRD has announced that the Brackish Water Work Group’s primary goals are to identify and gather available information on the brackish water resource in New Mexico and review existing regulations surrounding brackish water. The overarching goal of the group is to make brackish water more available and useable as a buffer against drought.

            “Jeri Sullivan Graham has incredible expertise in water treatment, particularly in the treatment of produced and brackish water,” said John R. (Grizz) Deal, CEO of IX Power Clean Water. “Her work in creating the OrganiClear technology will have a monumental impact on the way the oil and gas industry treats produced water. Now the State of New Mexico will also benefit from her expertise in brackish water, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the state’s precarious drought situation.”

            It is a well-known fact that New Mexico is entering its fourth year of extremely dry conditions. Nearly two-thirds of the state is dealing with severe drought or worse. For a map of the state’s drought conditions, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

            Dr. Graham is a hydrogeologist and geochemist at LANL, working in the Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group, and earned a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science (Hydrology) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Graham will split time between LANL and EMNRD as part of the collaborative agreement.

            It was at LANL that Dr. Graham spearheaded the team to create IX Power Clean Water’s OrganiClear. Other key contributors on the project included Dr. Rob Bowman from New Mexico Tech, and Dr. Lynn Katz, Dr. Kerry Kinney, and Dr. Soondong Kwon from the University of Texas at Austin. 

OrganiClear was specifically designed to solve the issues surrounding the release of organic hydrocarbons in produced water from the oil and gas industry, as well as manufacturing and mining industries. The OrganiClear machine cleans water to the point that it can be safely used for agriculture and livestock and, with additional processes, can also be used for community water systems.

            To discuss OrganiClear™ for produced water, and OrganiClear VBR™ for air emissions, with a IX Power representative, please call: 505-661-1000, ext. 902 or email: info at IxPower dot com.

            IX Power Clean Water (pronounced Nine Power) is based in Golden, Colorado and is one of the IX Power Companies, a group focused on bringing game-changing safe power and clean water innovations to market. The companies also have offices in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Moscow, Russia. Before starting the IX Power group of companies, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for four years. He co-founded Hyperion Power, the first commercial small nuclear reactor (SMR) company, along with the IX Power Leadership Team: Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. L. Robert Libutti, Randall Wilson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell.

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Colorado Passes First-of-A-Kind Air Pollution Regulations & IX Power is Ready to Assist Oil & Gas Industry with New OrganiClear for Airborne VOCs

 

           As Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) was voting Sunday (Feb. 23, 2014) 8 to 1 to approve an unprecedented set of new rules aimed at curbing methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks, IX Power was already prepared to assist with the state’s oil and gas industry in meeting those new requirements. “As soon as the Governor (Hickenlooper) made his support for the new emission regulations known last Fall, our team swung into creating a new version of our OrganiClear technology for produced water treatment, so the product can now also be used in capturing and converting airborne organics from oil and gas operations.”

            OrganiClear, a technology-transfer project “spun out” from Los Alamos National Laboratory, was specifically designed to solve the issues surrounding the release of organic hydrocarbons in produced water. The OrganiClear machine cleans water to the point that it can be safely used for agriculture and livestock, and community water systems.

            “The new product, inspired by Colorado’s new emissions regs,” added Deal, “is a natural extension of OrganiClear, and utilizes its proven ability to capture and convert airborne organics from filter recharge in a produced water treatment system. We have modified the OrganiClear design to provide a robust Vapor Bioreactor (VBR) to meet and exceed these new emission standards. OrganiClear VBR is built to customer specifications, but all IX Power VBRs provide for a wide range of operating conditions, chemistries, and environmental conditions at an affordable price point.”  

            “OrganiClear will change how the world manages pollution from the oil & gas industry, mining industry, and in manufacturing,” further explained Deal. “As part of an operation’s treatment train, OrganiClear not only separates the dangerous organic hydrocarbons, it destroys them while creating no additional waste stream. While other existing processes leave piles of toxic consumables that then must also be disposed of, OrganiClear effectively “converts” the toxins leaving nothing behind for additional handling.”

             Cathy Proctor, energy reporter for the Denver Business Journal, reported that Colorado’s new rules are unique in several ways:

  • They cover the entire state of Colorado.
  • In addition to addressing the problem of VOCs, the new rules also target methane leaks. Colorado is the first state to do this. (Methane is much more dangerous than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.)
  • Routine checks for leaks and malfunctioning equipment and repairs are now required.
  • The entire natural gas chain is now involved. This includes the well site, storage tanks, gathering lines and compression stations as well as processing plants.

 To read Ms. Proctor’s latest story, visit:  Energy Inc. – Denver Business Journal.  

To discuss OrganiClear™ for produced water, and OrganiClear VBR,™ for air emissions, with a IX Power representative, please call: 505-661-1000, ext. 902 or email: email: info at IxPower dot com.

            IX Power Clean Water (pronounced Nine Power) is based in Denver, Colorado and is one of the IX Power Companies, a group that focuses on bringing game-changing safe power and clean water innovations to market. The companies also have offices in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Moscow, Russia. Before starting the IX Power group of companies, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for four years. He co-founded Hyperion Power, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, along with the IX Power Leadership Team: Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, Randall Wilson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell.

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MARKET RESEARCH Roundtable – plus – a new feature: Mayhem Ten™ “entrepreneur group therapy” at Feb. 12 JeffCo Innovators’ Workshop

GOLDEN, CO, JANUARY 27, 2014 — Market research – what is it, how to do it, why it’s needed – will be the topic of a roundtable of area experts at the next monthly public meeting of the entrepreneur and innovator group JeffCo Innovators’ Workshop on Wednesday, February 12, 2013. The event will be led this month by veteran product developer Brian Conaway and will include a presentation by Chris Pusateri, Adult Outreach Librarian for Jeffco Public Libraries.Background with gears

The meeting will also feature the first session of what organizers have tagged “Mayhem Ten,” a sort of group therapy session where one entrepreneurial team from the group will present their innovation and business case to the group at large for free help, advice, and commentary. The first victim, (ah hem, volunteer), will be from the Colorado School of Mines. The meeting, fast getting a reputation for being as entertaining as it is informative, will begin with a half-hour social time beginning at 6:30 pm. The program will run from 7:00 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m., and will be held at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado.

Brian Conaway will moderate this month. He is the Colorado-based inventor of the RideTight adaptive seat belt positioners and CEO of RideTight, LLC. RideTight is a small product that can fit in the palm of one’s hand, but provides a big leap in seat belt security. It has outperformed traditional “booster” seats in booster-seat crash tests. Brian also has many years of new product innovation, development and sales under his belt for Fortune 500 companies. Some of the companies he has innovated with and provided products for include Home Depot, Target, K-Mart, Sears, WalMart, QVC, Costco and Ace Hardware.

A new business resource targeted particularly to assist inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, the JeffCo Innovators Workshop is hosted by the City of Golden with support from the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation. The Workshop offers advice, inspiration, and support to new business start-ups and entrepreneurs and seeks to assist those companies that wish to introduce a new product to the market. The monthly public meetings typically include an educational presentation on some aspect of starting a new business or bringing a new invention to market, a networking session, an advice and sharing period, and announcements of opportunities for business help and support within Jefferson County. A not-for-profit currently coordinated with volunteers from IX Power Foundation, the organization welcomes local business sponsorships of its meetings and activities.

 

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