Latest Insights On Water & Wastewater Treatment For The Petroleum & Refining Industry

  1. Low-Cost Desalination — The Promise Of Forward Osmosis
    6/26/2014

    Utilizing low-pressure, low-energy membrane technology, Oasys Water is setting out to change the way people think about desalination. Lisa Marchewka, VP of strategy and marketing for Oasys, explains how forward osmosis is more energy- and cost-efficient than competing technologies.

  2. Has Fracking Gone ‘Green’?
    6/6/2014

    There are few topics more controversial these days than hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). While the debate rages on as to whether fracking poses a risk to water quality, a new desalination technique addresses two other environmental concerns: water scarcity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the breakthrough technology uses excess carbon dioxide created in the fracking process to desalinate the process water, making it available for water reuse. It also generates chemicals — hydrochloric acid and carbonate salts — that are valuable for many industrial applications.

  3. Fracking Wastewater Recycled In Four Innovative Steps
    5/14/2014

    Florida-based company Ozonix developed a new chemical-free system that uses four disinfection technologies­ to treat and recycle flowback and produced water for use as fracturing fluid.

  4. The Benefits Of Cone-Type Flow Meters
    5/6/2014

    Selecting the proper flow meter will take an operator through a fairly typical vetting process, including consideration of capital expenditure (CAPEX), O&M requirements, effectiveness, and durability. Manufacturers of all meter types (e.g., Venturi meters, magnetic flow meters (magmeters), cone meters, etc.) will surely claim to excel in these categories, but can they back up the claim?

  5. Smarter Source Water: Could New Thinking Unite Industry And Environmentalists?
    4/21/2014

    AMD can be a valuable resource for the oil and gas industry and result in cleaning up thousands of streams and rivers in the nation.

  6. 10 Produced Water Treatment Technologies: Evaluating The Pros And Cons
    4/14/2014

    As the oil industry grows, so does the amount of produced water that must be treated. A variety of technologies are available for produced water treatment. Water Online shares a side-by-side comparison. 

  7. Forward Osmosis: How It Works, And Why It’s Important
    3/24/2014

    Is this innovative desalination technique ready to topple incumbent technologies? An industry expert explains the benefits and potential of forward osmosis.

  8. Electrocoagulation: A Shocking Approach To Wastewater Treatment
    1/24/2014

    A growing number of wastewater treatment professionals are turning to electrocoagulation — a water treatment process that uses electric current to remove various contaminants from water.

  9. Sun-Powered Nanogrid Cleans Fracking Wastewater
    11/19/2013

    A high-tech “net” and the power of the sun are all that is needed to remove contaminants from water produced by fracking operations, oil spills, textile manufacturing, and other sources.

  10. A Fracking Coverup?
    1/17/2013

    I’m not inclined to pick on the EPA, but in the wake of the recent report that they overstepped their authority on stormwater regulation, I saw that The Associated Press did an exposé charging the EPA with suppressing information on hydraulic fracturing’s link to drinking water contamination.