So, What’s an ‘Agricultural Midstream Company” Anyway?

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We’ve claimed to be the first and only Agricultural Midstream Company. We call ourselves that because we don’t fit into any of the other categories.

  •  We clean water, but we’re not a water cleaning company.

  • We move produced water, but we’re not an energy midstream company.

  • We work for the benefit of the land, but we don’t own land.

  • We facilitate an abundance of vegetation, but we aren’t growers or producers.

 

We do something so different that until we came along, nobody had a category for us. But now, we have one.

We are pleased to be the Agricultural Midstream Company.

 It’s not unlike a 3 Ring Circus. Remember those?

For the price of just one ticket, you got to see the elephants in one ring, the acrobats in another, and the tigers in a third. Holding it all together was a Ringleader who kept it all going. He wasn’t an elephant, acrobat, or tiger. He did something different.

In the world of oilfield produced/by-product water, we are the Ringleader.

 

  • Instead of elephants, in the first ring, we have the energy company trying their best to get oil out of the ground. They succeed, but they have trillions of gallons of produced/by-product water they have to get rid of. No plan for the water, no drilling. Their temporary solution of injection wells or evaporation isn’t keeping up with the growing amount of water. Yes, we’re looking at you, Permian Basin. We’re on the side of the energy companies.

  •  Instead of acrobats, we have the environmentalists in the second ring. They are rightly concerned over this by-product/produced water, since it’s a trade secret just exactly what’s in that water that is being injected into wells, pits, and ponds. They want to know that the environment isn’t being harmed in the name of fossil fuel. We’re also on the side of the environmentalists.

  • Instead of tigers, we have the regulators who are charged with being responsible to execute the EPA’s policies to protect our land. Now, since our whole orientation is agriculture, we are on the side of the regulators, especially when they are putting the land first. So, we’re on their side, too.

What does the Ringleader do? Well, we stand in the middle of those rings and figure out how each one of them can win.

OIL COMPANY

Encore Green Environmental can take that water from the oil companies, clean it, and apply to arid lands. We do it for the same price they’re paying to put it down an injection well.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS

When we take that water, we do two things that make the environmentalists smile: We publicly disclose the water quality tests of the water being applied to the ground – it’s not a trade secret, anybody can know it. And since we’re putting clean water on the ground, then we have vegetation. If we have vegetation, we have erosion mitigation and better air quality through carbon capture. That makes the environmentalists smile because then, in a bit of irony, they have fossil fuel drilling cleaning up the air!

REGULATORS

When we take that water, we make the regulators happy as well, because we give them something they don’t have now: water quality data. Our AgWaterSoil Solutions™ data process gives continual monitoring of the water on the ground, both the quality and the quantity. Right now, regulators only know how much water is being put in injection wells. With our system, we tell them what that water is all about that is on the ground, creating growth.

The Ringleader keeps everyone doing what they do best.

PRIVATE EQUITY

Also, just outside the Big Top is the Barker calling everyone over. We don’t have those, but we have private equity that’s fueling the tech revolution on new ways to clean the water.

LANDOWNER

And the most important character in this silly metaphor of a circus? He’s off to the side, doing a few magic tricks in a booth. He doesn’t pull a rabbit out of a hat, but he manages to pull acres and acres of food out of arid soil to feed this whole planet. He’s the landowner and agriculturist. We give him water. That makes him smile.

So, we actually have a 5 Ring Circus going on.

Come one, come all. The world’s first Agricultural Midstream Company is in business.

Give us a call. They’re room for everyone under the Big Top.

 

 

Fracking Now Works for Everyone

There was a time when the f-word that some groups in our society wouldn’t say out loud was “fracking.” They might say the ‘other’ word, but they considered fracking a heinous activity.

Now, none of the fear was based on science. Its origin was that opponents of ‘fossil fuels’ knew that fracking would breathe new life into US oil production.

And, indeed, that’s what happened. Fracking has made the figurative and literal wheels of our society keep turning without dependence on oil from other countries. Hey, we’re all for free trade, right? Only problem is that we get oil from the very same list of countries that are sworn enemies of ours or at least have questionable allegiances to us. Better we eat at home and not get “take out.”

But, fracking did have serious problems. The biggest is that the process of fracking results in that for every 1 barrel of oil that comes out of the ground, along comes 3 to 7 barrels of by-product/produced water. This water needs to be cleaned and so our collective plan has been to take this by-product/produced water and move it. Yep, move it, not clean it. It’s primarily moved to another hole in the ground. With this method, the by-product problem of fracking remains a genuine environmental concern.

But not anymore. Using Conservation By-Design™ methodology, this water can be cleaned and not thrown away. Instead, it’s put out on the arid land that surrounds most oil wells in the US.

With this new source of water, that dead dirt becomes healthy soil. Then vegetation grows. Then, erosion is mitigated. And the vegetation helps carbon in the air to be swapped for oxygen.

So, because of fracking, there can be a greater amount of carbon sequestration to clean up our air and mitigate climate disruption.

 

·      Fracking works for the economy.

·      Fracking works for industry. Perhaps one day we won’t need so much fossil fuel. But until then, we need oil. Fracking gives it to us.

·      And – if you use Conservation By-Design™, fracking works to create a total ecological solution.

Fracking works for everyone. All we have to do is Just Add Water.

Here’s some links.

For the folks that like pretty pictures:

https://www.encoregreenenvironmental.com/cbd

For the folks that like scientific white papers:

https://www.encoregreenenvironmental.com/resources

For the folks that want to know more:

https://www.encoregreenenvironmental.com/contact

Doing Right – Just Because It’s Right

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We need to be good stewards of our western arid lands because that’s the right thing to do. 

·     Not because the government forces us

·     Not because we’d get backlash from an advocacy group

·     Not because we want to manage our image and public relations

·     Not even if we think we’ll make more money that way

Let’s take care of our land because it’s right to do.

The late preacher D.L. Moody said that your character is who you are when no one is looking. 

Let’s collectively be the kind of company, government agency, and advocacy group that has good character. 

Let’s make doing what’s best for the land become our own personal and corporate best. 

 

Hat Tip to the Wyoming DEQ

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Like most things worth doing, it has taken a good bit of time and effort. We have now made significant progress in getting a regulatory pathway to take oilfield by-product water, clean it, and put it on the land -- starting a chain reaction of better soil, new vegetation, cleaner air, and conservation goals that we never thought possible.

The vision has been there. I mean, for a couple of years we’ve been telling everyone what can be achieved. But change is hard; we get that. It’s taken a while for all the stakeholders to get their heads around something new. 

We emerged from a meeting this past week with an actionable plan to now work out the details of this vision. We appreciate the Wyoming DEQ for this progress. If this path continues Wyoming will be the leader in how to steward our arid lands. 

There’s much more to be done and it’s not over yet. But we’ve turned a corner and it’s always good to take a moment and reflect.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out this link:

www.encoregreenenvironmental.com/cbd

 

Stop Playing Whack-A-MoleWith Our Environment!

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Ever play Whack-A-Mole at a carnival? You know, a fake mole pops out of different holes and each time it pops out, you try to whack it. You stay real busy whacking thismole and then thatmole. Every time you think you’ve got it solved, another mole pops back.

That’s like us saying we have to solve our produced water disposalproblem, we have to solve our airqualityproblem, we have to solve our soilhealth problem, we have to solve our arid land water scarcityproblem, we have to solve . . . well, you get the idea. We keep whacking our problems with one-off solutions (and it’s not working…).

Instead – it’s time for a total ecological solution! 

The solution is to Just Add Water!

Oil companies are trying to figure out how to deal with their hundreds of millions of gallons of produced water. They whack the mole by sticking this by-product water in the ground, effectively tossing it away. The mole is whacked, but the problem still remains. They’ve just moved the by-product water to a different place. Oops, there’s that mole again. 

We’re trying to remove carbon out of the air and get more oxygen into the air. We all like to breath O much better than C. So, we try whacking the mole by calling for an end of fossil fuels. But if today, we shut off the gas pumps, the world literally comes to a standstill. Some say that’s a solution, but it doesn’t solve our problem today. Dang, that mole’s back!

 We need to use precious water from the aquifer sometimes to irrigate our land for ag or conservation. So, we whack the mole repeatedly, draining the aquifer, but then we get a little thirsty. Pesky mole!

 Our soil in the arid west is dead – nothing grows because there’s no water. This time, we don’t even try to whack the mole because no one has a solution – good or bad -- because arid land needs (wait for it) water. But where’s a new source of water?

Instead, let’s do this: Repurpose that by-product water – stop throwing it away! Clean it up and put it on the nearby arid land that’s only growing more dust. Soon, you have better, healthy soil. With soil and water, you get vegetation that helps stop soil erosion and creates that thing you learned about in school – photosynthesis. If you have photosynthesis, what happens, class? Well, the vegetation pulls the carbon out of the air and secures it in its roots and surrounding soil. Then, the vegetation releases an abundance of oxygen into the air.

·     Produced water problem solved.

·     Soil health problem solved.

·     Aquifer problem solved.

·     Air quality problem solved, along with mitigating climate disruption.

And it’s all because we decide not to whack another mole. And instead, JUST ADD WATER.

Let’s talk about it.  CLICK HERE

Oh, and just so you know, no moles were harmed in the writing of this article.

We’re In the News Again . . . And Again!

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We’re grateful that the vision to “Just Add Water” to transform our arid lands is taking hold. Here’s two links from today’s Albuquerque Journal:

“Planning to Irrigate Arid Lands with Produced Water”

https://www.abqjournal.com/1317773/finding-a-new-use-for-produced-water.html

“Opening the Floodgates for ‘Produced Water’”

https://www.abqjournal.com/1317772/for-6.html?utm_source=abqjournal.com&utm_medium=abqjournal%20oembed%7C1317772&utm_campaign=abqjournal%20oembed

And if you missed it, this link from KGWN in Cheyenne about our new software:

“Encore Green is Developing a New Software to Help See Less By-Product Water Go to Waste”

https://www.wyomingnewsnow.tv/content/news/Encore-Green-is-developing-a-new-software-to-help-see-less-by-product-water-go-to-waste-510026761.html

 

Meet the Experts - Agronomist Neal Fehringer

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Encore Green Environmental wants you to know all there is to know about increasing all the benefits that come from applying cleaned industry by-product water to the arid land. 

So – we want you to meet our team of experts that are aligned with us 

Today, we hear from Encore Green Environmental’s agronomist, Neal Fehringer.

EGE

Thanks, Neal, for chatting with us. Briefly tell us a little about your background. 

NEAL

I’m a Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), both certifications through the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). I have been an ASA member for 41 years. I have been an agronomist for 40 years, graduating from Colorado State University in 1979 with an agronomy degree. I worked for two years as a staff agronomist for a farming company. I was their first agronomist, so I developed the program. In 1979, we had about 60,000 acres farmed. By 1981, we farmed 130,000 acres in two states. In addition to being the agronomist, I managed two smaller farms.

In May 1981, I had the opportunity to start my agronomic consulting company, Fehringer Agricultural Consulting, which I still operate.

 

EGE

Tell us about your role in general terms, so us non-scientists can understand.

NEAL

I work with farmers on their crop production. I do not sell any products, just services. I take soil and plant samples; monitor fields for weeds, insects, diseases, stands, plant growth, and soil moisture; make fertilizer recommendations; pest control recommendations; and calibrate farm application equipment. In addition, we do third-party contract research for agricultural companies. Write nutrient management plans for feedlots to deal with manure waste. Provide expert witness services on legal matters and for insurance companies. Worked for 10 years with natural gas production companies in dealing with sodium bicarbonate by-product water being applied via sprinkler irrigation to hay fields. 

Currently, I am Director of Agronomy for Encore Green Environment, a mid-stream agricultural company that is re-purposing oilfield and coalbed methane by-product waters so that they can be used as beneficial water to be applied to grasslands, providing a consistent water supply in the arid Western United States. In doing so, more grass will be produced, soil health will increase, and more carbon will be sequestered. This will be accomplished by substantially reducing the amount of water needing to be disposed and without need of soil amendments.

 

EGE

What has drawn you to your field of expertise? That is, what’s your motivation for your work day in and day out?

NEAL

I was raised on a farm in northeast Colorado. I love the science of crop production  and working with people in agriculture. It is rewarding to watch crops develop and help grow food to feed the nation and world. As an agronomist, I need to leave the earth’s natural resources that I work with in better condition than when I started. I help farmers produce nutritious food as efficiently as possibly while protecting the environment.

 

EGE

What’s been one professional success you’re proud of?

NEAL

Most of clients have been with me for over 25 years because they can trust me and I have made their farms more efficient.

 

EGE

So, tell us, what’s a little-known fact about you? 

NEAL

I grew up near a town of 200. I had 15 in my graduating class, of which 9 were girls and 6 boys. Of the 9 girls, 4 were my cousins!!! I had to go out of town to get a date.

EGE

What’s your perspective on the ‘Just Add Water’ Initiative? 

NEAL

This initiative is a win-win for everyone, even urban folks as this waste volume is greatly reduced. We will take an industrial waste and turn it into a resource for the usual moisture- deficient Great Plains. More grass will be produced, especially on drought years, so that ranchers do not have to liquidate some or all or their herd and/or buy expensive hay. This will provide more stability to ranching operations. There will be a fraction of the water needing to be disposed, thus reducing the risk of groundwater contamination, brine water spill soil contamination, and trucking. By just adding water, soil health will improve, soil erosion will decrease, and increased carbon sequestration with increased grass growth.

 

EGE

From your point of view and expertise, what’s the benefit of increasing soil health?

NEAL

Increasing soil health will also improve water infiltration, leaving less to run-off, thus reducing erosion.

 

EGE

Thanks, Neal. One last thing, can you tell us one thing that excites you about the potential of adding a new source of water to the arid western state? 

NEAL

Water is king in the west. People have been shot over water. I am excited to turn a one industry’s waste into another’s resource.

When You’re Tired of ‘Someday’ – Give Us A Call

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Yeah, we know, there’s a lot going on. We’re so busy just getting today’s list of things shouting to be done, that we can’t think about adding “put the produced/by-product water to good use” on that list. 

But we can help you. At least add giving us a call or sending us an email to your list. We have a method ready to go. You’ll have LESS to do later, if you do this today.

Someday is here. Let’s do good for our lands. 

We’ll be talking to you soon. 818.470.0285

Going Green – What Are You For, Not Against?

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We’ve been talking about going green for decades and decades and decades. We used to call it “ecology” – anyone old enough to remember that?

At some point, “green” became the way to express stewardship of our planet, environment, and land. And I think we all can agree that going green is better than ruining our lands.

We’re here to say that at Encore GREEN Environmental, we want to focus our energy and thoughts on two things:

1.    What we’re for.

2.    What we can do today, next week, next month.

Let’s take them one at a time.

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU’RE FOR

Often, going green is defined as being what we’re against, such as being against fossil fuel as a source of energy. But we want to focus on what we’re for – at Encore Green Environmental, we’re FOR stewarding the land and have come up with Conservation By-Design™, which transforms industrial by-product water (produced) and gives it a beneficial-use purpose. This grows grassland, enriches the soil, and creates carbon sequestration, which is removing unwanted carbon from the air. 

We’re for doing all that. What are you for?

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Often in our zeal to go green, we imagine ideal scenarios where vehicles run on renewable energy and there is no need for fossil fuel. That’s a goal. But it’s one that will require a transition of an entire planet’s way of using energy. So, goals are good. But we need solutions we can act on today.

If you’re ready to be for conservation today, give us a call. Let’s go green now. 81.470.0285.