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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It’s the GREEN Economy Stupid! April 22 is Earth Day

The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding

Take a look at The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding. It makes sense to me that the planet has a finite amount of natural resources and we could run out …

Every year it comes and goes with not nearly enough attention from the mass media.  What am I talking about?  EARTH DAY.  Officially it’s Monday, April 22, although EVERY day SHOULD be Earth Day.  Contrary to deniers of climate change, the planet is changing.  Whether mankind is wholly responsible for this is something that’s been hotly debated.  But, while experts and subsidized deniers do their hot debating about who or what caused it, and whether or not it is a normal cyclical change, it continues to get even hotter, and we still have to deal with droughts, storms, loss of shoreline, loss of species, acidification of the oceans, reduced foodstock from the sea, lack of clean fresh water and more! AUGH!

Ignoring, evading, denying, and mocking the problem is not helping and all this takes precious time and resources away from actually doing something to prepare for the change that IS coming.  

The problem for most Americans is that we live our luxurious lives (compared to that of other nations) in air conditioned offices and homes far, far removed from the processes of farming, water purification, and energy resource extraction.  We don’t have to get our hands dirty.  We are only affected by increased prices.

But, this somewhat blissful shelter from the realities of climate change is not going to continue for long for Americans.  Soon, it will no longer be a problem for “the poor folks in Africa,”  Nope, the problem is going to come home and hit us hard, and not just in the form of an extra dollar per gallon of gas.

i’ve been reading “The Great Disruption – How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global Economy” and I would suggest it be read by everyone. Basically, the author talks about how climate change is just one of many factors that is going to affect the way we live on this planet.  It’s the kickstarter that people notice, but there are other factors such as the gobbling up of natural resources in the making of “stuff” that is going to change our idea of a successful and productive life.  Simply, we won’t have the natural resources to keep making stuff; we’re going to have to recycle to get even the basic materials and everyone is going to have to live with less stuff – particularly less “throwaway” stuff.  It’s a good read, but I’ve also added photos here of some of my other favorites.  

Take a look; pick up one of these books. Knowledge is power. Sticking your head in the sand will just irritate your eyes so you can’t see the truth.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

See more books and links to Earth Day websites below, including one where you can get the great bumper sticker that says, “It’s the Green Economy Stupid!”

Hot - Living through the next Fifty Years on Earth

Another insightful book discussing a proactive approach to climate change and dwindling natural resources …

T-Shirts, posters, and my favorite bumper sticker “It’s the GREEN Economy Stupid.” can be found on the home page of http://www.earthday.org

 http://www.earthday.org

http://www.epa.gov/earthday/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/earth-sciences/

 

Earth - Making Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben

Earth – Making Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben – more suggested reading!

 

The End of Growth

The End of Growth is another good read.

Still Kicking the Nuclear Waste Can Down the Road

Perplexed? I’m beyond perplexed!  Normally when you fork over funds for something, you get something in return. But not when it comes to the energy business and the current state of U.S. politics!  For years nuclear power plants have been paying into a U.S. Department of Energy program to take care of their nuclear waste – to safely store it.  So far the nuclear industry has put $28 billion into the coffers for this purpose. This program came into law with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 which called for the construction and maintenance of multiple waste deposit sites, and then in 1987 an amendment to the Act directed that a single depository be built – Yucca Mountain, Nevada.  

Because nuclear power does not pollute the air with harmful emissions, it is considered by many to be a “GREEN” technology. However, the U.S. must decide a course of action for the waste from its nuclear power plants if nuclear is going to be a viable energy technology for the future.

But guess what?  Because of partisan politics, the U.S. government, still — 26 years later — has not begun to take that waste and store it; not at Yucca, not anywhere.  The waste of our country’s nuclear power plants is sitting around all over the countryside next to each nuclear power plant. Now, if YOU had paid $28 billion for someone to take out your trash and properly store it so no one would accidentally get hurt by it, and 26 years later, the contractor still had not done it, wouldn’t you be mad?

True, some of the nuclear utilities have sued the U.S. government to get that money back and thus far they have retrieved about $2.6 billion. They could probably use those funds to ensure that their on-site storage facilities are safely maintained. But, they had to burn a lot of “people energy” and time and money on legal fees to do so.  More legal suits are still in the works and Washington continues to kick our country’s nuclear waste disposal issue down the road with occasional help kicking that can from entities, such as the Blue Ribbon Commission which has been studying alternatives to opening the doors at Yucca Mountain. 

Now, bless-their-hearts (I always say that about people who are forced to declare obviously wrong decisions) the folks at the U.S. Department of Energy, have come out and said that not only do the utilities still have to pay this fee, the DOE is not even going to adjust it down one little bit …! The utilities still have to continue to pay it – even though they continue to get nothing for it and no one else is getting anything either – certainly not the individuals like you and me paying monthly electric bills. 

WHAT?  How is this right? Plan and simple, it’s NOT.  It’s politics played to benefit the few, instead of benefitting everyone and the future of our energy security.  Would someone please pick up the can of the nuclear waste issue and quit kicking it down the road?
 Click here for a good background story   

IX Power Master Class: the Energy Business & Bribery Legislation

From time to time, informative and educational papers written by executives at IX Power are added to the IX Power Blog under the heading of IX Power Master Class.  Recently Edward (Ned) Swan, JD, PhD, added an interesting piece on bribery legislation that’s a “must read” for everyone in the energy industry.

Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan is an expert in energy policy, law and regulation. He is chairing two conferences for the Oil & Gas industry in London in November.

To read the entire piece, visit our “Resources” page or click here.

Dr. Swan is U.K. Managing Director and International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He will be chairing and speaking at two conferences in London in November: “Understanding, Negotiating and Drafting Oil and Gas Industry Contracts.” and Joint Ventures & Other Collaboration Agreements for the Oil & Gas Industry.

IX Power’s Ned Swan to Chair and Present at Oil & Gas Conferences in London

In addition to fostering the development and widespread use of new and better technologies for safe and clean energy and water, the IX Power team is sharing their expertise at conferences worldwide.

IX Power’s Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan is Chairing two conferences on Oil & Gas in London in November.

On the immediate horizon, Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan, International General Counsel for IX Power, LLC, will be chairing and speaking at two conferences in London, November 26, and November 29-30, 2012.  Sponsored by Falconbury’s Oil & Gas Contract School, the first is “Understanding, Negotiating and Drafting Oil and Gas Industry Contracts.” The November 29-30 conference is titled Joint Ventures & Other Collaboration Agreements for the Oil & Gas Industry.”  Both conferences will be held at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel.

Dr. Swan is U.K. Managing Director and International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He has been adviser to the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, national governments, energy markets, energy traders, and major energy firms. He has also been a partner at three major international law firms, where he advised on all aspects of the energy business including contracts, joint ventures, concessions, production, refining, purchasing, shipping, trading, environmental issues and litigation. Ned is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law at University College London where he originated, and taught the LLM (Master’s degree) course in Regulation of Financial Markets. He is admitted to the New York and US Federal Courts, and is a member of the Energy Institute, and the UCL Energy Institute. The Legal 500 has praised… ‘Ned Swan’s impressive energy related work.’