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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International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8 – Concerns about Water, Literacy & Violence

Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.   It seems to me, unfortunately, that women in the United States do not observe this important date as much as we should.  Maybe it’s because, even with the inequalities that remain in our country, we still have it pretty good — good enough to make us complacent and forgetful even, of how much we have to be grateful for and celebrate.

But as the “lucky ones,” relatively speaking, I think we owe it to our sisters in other parts of the world that don’t have it so well, to observe this day and do something to help those women with less opportunity.

From my travels, experience, reading and just years of life on the planet, three of the things that strike me as core issues for women today, particularly in countries with emerging economies are:

*  Water (and subsequently health)    

*  Literacy / Education

*  Violence         

International Women's Day March 8 2013 - will these girls have a future as adult women? Will they even survive to become women?

International Women’s Day March 8 2013 – will these girls have a future as adult women? Will they even survive to become women?

Lack of Clean Water – and therefore health

Of the 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, the majority are women and children. With this poverty, most often comes a lack of access to clean water.  In addition to the physical harm that comes with having to carry heavy loads of water (and its often not even somewhat clean water) long distances, women in poor regions with no access to running water lose a lot of time – time to take care of their children, educate themselves and their children, and time to to spend on a livelihood to improve their lot in life.

But, they also lose their health, which continues the cycle of poverty because they are too sick to work at jobs or raising food.

According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), “37% per cent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 780 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.  

The majority of people living in poverty are women and children.

The majority of people living in poverty are women and children.

In fact, every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.  

Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have many other serious repercussions. Children – and particularly girls – are denied their right to education because  their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Poor farmers and wage earners are less productive due to illness, health systems are overwhelmed and national economies suffer. Without WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), sustainable development is impossible.”

 Violence Against Women 

It is when trying to transport water to their villages on unprotected trips down to water sources that women are often subjected to violence via regional conflict. This violence against them often involves sexual brutality and horrendous acts. But, one of the biggest segments in violence against women is domestic violence. Statistics from the United Nations state that in far too many countries 7 in 10 women can expect to be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes. Aside from the obvious results – death or obvious injury – this violence can result in physical, mental, sexual, reproductive health and other health problems, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.  

The World Health Organization has concluded that violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women – are major public health problems and violations of women’s human rights.  A World Bank report, which estimates that more women aged 15-44 are killed violently than die of malaria, HIV, cancer, accidents and war combined.

Studies have shown that for both perpetrator and victim, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality, and low education or illiteracy, play a major role in the problem.

Illiteracy

Which brings us to illiteracy.  In my neighborhood, we just celebrated the opening of the new long-awaited Gum Spring Library. On the first day over 6,500 people visited the library – many of those were women and couples with young children. More than 14,500 materials were checked out the first weekend. But, in way too many countries, a library – even the ability to read – is a luxury people will never live to see.  And this lack of literacy fosters not only conditions that lead to violence, but help to keep women, and men, in a cycle of poverty that includes a lack of access to clean water, which makes people sick and keeps them from working to pull themselves out of that poverty.

In spite of the fact that most development agencies identify women’s literacy as the single most important factor in development, one out of every three women in the world cannot read and write. And, in some countries, men would like to keep it that way.  Remember the attack in October by the Taliban on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her attempts to promote girls’ education in Pakistan. 

Lack of water. Violence. Illiteracy.  They are intertwined in keeping women around the globe from achieving their potential and contributing to the betterment of the human race, the environment, and the planet.

On Friday, March 8, please observe International Women’s Day – make a vow to take a step – even just one small one within the next week – for the benefit of a woman somewhere who’s suffering, and for women everywhere. Make a donation, write a Congressman, talk to your daughters or a class at school or church about women’s issue such as domestic violence … if we all did SOMETHING, we could make a difference 

Read more at the following web sites:

Amnesty International   

International Center for Research on Women      

UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women     

World Health Organization    

CNN – “interesting story on women by the numbers” 

Sending thoughts and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Sandy …

Video link to Washington Post of Hurricane Sanday

Queens, NY was hit with the one-two punch of not only water – but fire as well. About 80 homes were burned to the ground during the Hurricane. Hopefully, no one was lost in the blaze but it may be days before authorities are certain everyone got out alive. Click on the picture to see the video.

 

As dawn broke on the East Coast this morning, it was painfully evident that Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm) was unfortunately everything forecasters had warned it would be and sometimes more. IX Power will continue to send our thoughts, prayers and donations to the brave survivors of one of history’s most infamous storms.

NYC’s financial district really got a bath from Superstorm Sandy.

Here’s how you can help too:

 

Donate to the American Red Cross.  We have seen many news reports of the Red Cross whipping into action to mitigate the misery of people affected by the storm.

The Salvation Army had boots on the ground providing hot meals well before the storm even hit and they will be there long after. Donate directly to the Salvation Army specifically for victims of Hurricane Sandy by  texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone. Or make a donation to the Salvation Army online.

Click here to read the Better Business Bureau’s advice on how to select a charity for your donations regarding Hurricane Sandy. 

Click here for more information on other charities assisting victim of Superstorm Sandy.

Click here for the FEMA site on how to donate and volunteer responsibly.

Taking Bets

 

How many of you bet that Germany changes its anti-nuclear position and goes back to nuclear within 10 years – before 2022?

Maybe we should have a prize for the person who correctly, or most closely nails the date that Germany publicly announces IT IS GOING BACK TO NUCLEAR …

The cost of shutting down their existing facilities and the cost of putting up, and then operating less efficient and cost-effective technologies – some of which will not be as “clean” as nuclear, will soon make them start to reconsider, if it hasn’t already …

IX Power’s new OrganiClear™ Clean Water Technology to Debut at TVC’s Deal Stream Summit April 3-5

IX Power will present OrganiClear at TVC's Deal Stream Summit

IX Power will present OrganiClear at TVC's Deal Stream Summit

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, February 21, 2012 – A unique new technology and system for handling hazardous “produced water,” a troublesome

by-product of the oil and gas industry will be presented by Los Alamos-based IX Power at Technology Ventures Corporation’s (TVC) Deal Stream Summit April 3-5, 2012.

IX Power’s OrganiClear™ technology incorporates a new process created at Los Alamos National Laboratory to clean produced water of dangerous carcinogenic organic hydrocarbon compounds that have the potential to cause illness and birth defects.

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Worth Reading: The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

This book is well worth a careful reading. The author asserts that economists are caught up in the assumption that economic growth will continue into the foreseeable future and further asserts that their theory of continuous growth is wrong now and in the future.

 His theory is based on the three Ds:

1. Depletion of natural resources that feed our energy demand. This is worsening as China, India, Eastern Europe and African countries are starting enormous demands for energy.

2. Disasters that stress nations, destroy the environment, some evidenced by the search and harvesting of oil from deep-water sites. Reflecting on the impact of recent accidents, he describes a recurring theme in the future

3 Debt as reflected in housing, national debt, aggravated by the demands of #1 & 2, then bloated by government stimulus programs.

As you read this fascinating argument it becomes obvious that the underlying factor is the lack of sufficient, affordable, environmentally clean energy. It is energy that has had abundance, was cheap, was free from environmental controls that literally fueled the tremendous growth in the “developed’ countries.

The future energy potential is shown considering “clean” coal; wind, solar and hardly any nuclear. This is interesting in that of all the potential renewable, clean, efficient, affordable energy sources only nuclear power can be made to create an on going growth scenario. But the author does not take that path; perhaps demonstrating the lethargic steps being taken by our leaders and governments to develop plans to understand and to address the no growth change and to exploit the nuclear potential. Herein lies an enormous opportunity.

Dr. L. Robert (Bob) Libutti, posted by John R. Grizz Deal