An Important Step Towards Improving the Environmental Impact of Oil and Gas Exploration

Energy Independence.

Every country wants it. Yet, we know there are many factors that must be considered before undertaking large-scale retrieval programs. Whether we are looking at the Marcellus Shale Formation that stretches through large parts of several eastern states in the US or deep drilling into the Gulf of Mexico or extending exploration further north across the vast tundra preserves of Alaska’s northern shores, or the tar sands of Canada.

There are environmental consequences to the economic benefits.

Often, in spite of best intentions, it is the environment that it compromised. Many countries have vast reserves of coal that are used to satiate the increasing demand for greater power generation. Yet, there is not any real clean-coal technology that would make coal-derived energy more “green”.

One important ingredient to fossil fuel extraction is water – lots of water. It is more than simple concern for the integrity of freshwater aquifers that border many of the underground reserves of oil, coal and gas. It is also about the quantity of freshwater needed for the extraction of these fuels.

Colombia is about to undertake the construction of a “produced water” desalination plant for Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation, the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Colombia to address the significant technological challenges involving the removal of hydrocarbons from the brackish water. The project: RWL Water to Build, Run Brackish Desalination Water Treatment Plant for Pacific Rubiales is an opportunity to demonstrate that there may be viable alternatives to ensure the proper use/balance of freshwater in energy exploration.

“This is an exciting win-win project that will provide an innovative, lower cost and sustainable alternative to manage water production from our Rubiales oil field, as well as establishing a new green industry that benefits the region.”

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