New Product Recycles Water in Shale Drilling Process
HBC Systems, a newly created joint venture between Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI) and Bear Creek Services (BCS), launched the Bear Creek Green Machine, a unique environmentally-friendly water reclamation process for the oil and gas industry.
The Bear Creek Green Machine is the first energy efficient system for recycling the millions of gallons of fresh water used daily in the oil
and gas drilling process.
This system incorporates HTI's proprietary forward osmosis membrane technology into a portable and scalable oil field wastewater reclamation system. The Green Machine provides drilling operators with a cost-effective alternative to reclaim their wastewater for reuse and
will dramatically reduce the environmentally damaging and costly transportation currently used in natural gas exploration.
"The Green Machine's technology will revolutionize wastewater reclamation," said Walt Schultz, CEO of HTI and a Director of HBC Systems. "It is better for both operators and the environment. It eliminates the costly transport and disposal of contaminated reserve pit water while simultaneously reducing the need for gas drillers to source and transport additional fresh water to the well site. The net result is significant cost savings to operators and a decrease in negative environmental impacts."
In its initial market test, HBC Systems first made the Green Machine water reclamation system and services available in 2009 to oil and gas
exploration and production companies drilling for natural gas in the Haynesville Shale in northern Louisiana and east Texas, primarily for
the reclamation of reserve pit water left behind from the drilling process. After the successful tests last year, the Green Machine mobile units are ready for full-scale implementation nationwide.
The mobile units process wastewater at rates in excess of 100 gallons per minute. With two machines fully operational and five more under
construction, HBC Systems will rapidly add and deploy additional units to other markets such as the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from
Virginia to New York, and the Barnett Shale in Texas. Given the size of the developing gas drilling market and scope of water challenges,
there could soon be hundreds of Green Machines in operation.