We Like Questions

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When you do something new, like clean produced/by-product water to apply on the land, there’s going to be questions. The biggest one we get lately is, “Can you really do it?” That’s a legit question. What the asker means is, “Can you REALLY do it and safely?”

The quick answer: Yes.

The longer answer:

We use established, accepted scientific practices to test both the surrounding soil and the produced water. We test for dozens of potential water quality issues, but welcome conversation if there’s something we’re not testing for that you think should be tested for. 

Then, after cleaning, we apply those same tests again to make sure the water clean was successful.

Then, we continue to monitor the water in/on the soil on an ongoing basis.

We put all of the test results of the clean water and ongoing monitoring on our website for anyone to see.

It’s not easy to get the stakeholders to try something new – the landowners, the oil companies, the regulators, and the environmentalists all have questions. And we’ve spent two years answering them. 

We call it Conservation By-Design™ and it can answer the questions.  

Don’t be shy: Ask us YOUR question HERE.

 

 

“WE DON’T WASTE WATER”

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You dad was right. Remember how you kept the water running while you brushed your teeth and he’d walk by and turn off the tap? What’d he say -  “We don’t waste water.”  Right?

You’d think we’d accept that now as grownups. But in the ARID WEST, our collective wisdom says that we should toss away oilfield water (the by-product of an oil well) because it’s “waste water.” Really?

Maybe 30 years ago, the technology wasn’t here. And certainly, our Conservation By-Design™ patent-pending method was not here then. But here we are now. 

We’re ready to transform the “waste water” into water transformed to ideal specs to match the surrounding soil’s needs. That results in better soil health, conservation goals, ag goals, more carbon captured out of the air, and most of all – we’re not wasting water! And we’ve figured out how to do it for the same or less than irresponsible disposal costs.

So, energy industry folks who are slow to change, “We don’t waste water.” 

So, environmental folks who don’t like that this makes fossil fuel more environmentally-friendly, “We don’t waste water.” 

So, government regulators who have agendas that sometimes are hard to understand, “We don’t waste water.”

We can do this. We don’t waste water. 

Give a call, we can talk about it.  CONTACT

THE WAY FORWARD REQUIRES LISTENING.

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We want to thank the groups that have helped us understand how best to steward the arid lands here in the West. 

Specifically, we want to thank the Environmental Defense Fund, the Powder River Business Council, and those we met when presenting to the EPA in DC – such as Earthworks. We listened, learned, and applied that understanding to developing Conservation By-Design™ as a way to transform produced/by-product water into water that is perfect for the surrounding soil, leading to great soil health, vegetative growth, and carbon sequestration. All the while, we provide a new, same-cost-as-status-quo solution to the energy companies to “dispose” of produced water, which makes fossil fuels less intrusive on the environment. 

We can all learn from one another. Want to talk? Give us a call. 818.470.0285.

Or take a look at Conservation By-Design™ for yourself: HERE.

Hey, Even Socrates Understood Produced Water

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The Greeks had a way of looking at things – don’t go to either extreme, but find the way of truth in the middle. They often called it the “Golden Middle.” When it comes to what to do about produced water, we’re with Socrates!

You see, in our hyper-polarized society, these days if you are FOR drilling for oil, that must mean you are AGAINST the environment. And, if you’re FOR the environment, that must mean you are AGAINST drilling for oil. But, that’s not us. And, it’s probably not you, either.

Instead, we are in the middle when we say that we are out to increase the STEWARDSHIP OF OUR LANDS. See, the land needs things. And, people who live on the land also need things. So, we can find the middle way, if we are trying to find a win/win but keeping stewardship as the goal.

What do you think? Are you in the middle with us? 

Let’s Talk!

What Do We Do? We Overcome Obstacles

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The short history of Encore Green Environmental is a history of overcoming obstacles. Here’s how we’ve answered these “insurmountable” issues. 

“It’s Not How We Do It”

No, but it can be. Slowly our minds are changing. 

“It’ll Cost Too Much”

Nope, the oil company redirects their total disposal costs to us. They are paying same or less.

“You Can’t Clean Up The Water – Too Dirty”

This may have been true a few years ago, but technology has evolved. Often, this objection is based on old ideas, rumors, and even misinformation.

“Coal Bed Methane History – We Don’t Want A Repeat”

Neither do we. Previously a high volume of water was put on a little acreage. Now, we put a little water on a lot of acres. That changes everything.

“You Can’t Get A Permit”

Actually, the Clean Water Act of 1973 says west of the 98th meridian, industrial produced water can be applied to the ground. It has been a long road to walk, but in two states, we are close to a permit.

So, if you have an objection or obstacle in mind for why the arid West can’t have a new source of water, let us know. We like to overcome obstacles. It’s what we do. 

 

Encore Green Environmental and DrillCom Join Together to Advance Environmental Stewardship

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Technology Meets Agriculture in the Oilfield

Agricultural company Encore Green Environmental and remote communications company DrillComm jointly announced their alliance to advance stewardship of the lands in Wyoming as part of the Just Add Water Initiative. 

DrillComm is a leader in remote cellular and satellite communication solutions for multiple industries and brings this understanding to the challenge of produced/by-product water management. 

“We are excited to apply our area of expertise to this endeavor so that we can better take care of our lands and accomplish the goals of the Just Add Water Initiative,” says John Huff, President of DrillComm. “We appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit of this and look forward to working together.” 

 The Just Add Water Initiative transforms produced/by-product water from oil wells into safe, clean water to apply to the land for agriculture and conservation. The additional vegetative growth due to this new source of water on the arid land not only increases grasslands, stops erosion, and increases soil health, it also naturally mitigates carbon from the air due to photosynthesis. Historically, this produced/by-product water is disposed of into an injection well. In Wyoming alone, over 71 billion gallons of such water is tossed away each year.

“As we launched our Conservation By-Design™ method to put this water to beneficial use, it became clear we needed a technology solution to take advantage of the additional opportunities that the Just Add Water Initiative provides. Given their track record of achievement, we could have no one better than DrillComm to come alongside to explore these opportunities,” says Seth Frentheway, Director of Environmental Technologies at Encore Green Environmental.

Conservation By-Design™ is agronomy-centric and begins by testing the soil on the land near the oil well. The water is then tested to determine its makeup to match the soil’s ‘DNA’ for optimal vegetation growth. The water is processed there, close to the well, so no trucking is needed. Once the water matches the soil’s needs, it is applied to the  land, creating a total ecological solution.

To learn more about Conservation By-Design™ visit www.encoregreenenvironmental.com/cbd.

To learn more about DrillComm, visit www.soundandcellular.com/#about

Upfront Capital to Clean Water? Here’s a Better Way

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The traditional ways we process/clean the water that comes from the oilfield is a capital intensive endeavor. Sometimes even massive. Don’t believe us? Just ask some of your friends in the Permian; they have a hundred million here, a hundred million there. To paraphrase Warren Buffet, pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.

That’s why we created Conservation By-Design™ to be economically viable in a pay-as-you-go business model. We take care of all the capital investment to set up, arrange the scientific testing and evaluation, clean the water, and properly and safely apply to the surrounding land. It not only ‘disposes’ of the water, it puts that water to use for ag and conservation.

And while lots of models call for $6 or even $8 a barrel to clean water plus the massive treatment facilities upfront costs, at Encore Green Environmental, we keep it simple. Whatever it’s costing you to dispose of the water right now (including things like trucking – all the costs), we’ll match or better that per barrel cost. 

You pay as we clean the water based on barrel count. It helps your cash flow and it helps the overall project. And did we mention the soil, vegetation, and air also are helped?

Talk to us. We’re all for finding the better way.

This is Why the West Needs Water

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Do you know what the men in this photo are doing? Pesticides? Really weird caddies? 

No, they are heating up the thorns on this particular cactus, which is commonly called “prickly pear.” When the heat’s applied, the thorns essentially melt off, leaving the fruit of the cactus. This is a desperate move in the West because it’s mostly done when trying to provide food for livestock during a drought and the cactus is the only vegetation left standing.

Now, the prickly pear doesn’t have much nutritional value for the cow, but it does have fiber and that helps the cow get through another day. In hopes that tomorrow, somehow, someway, the land can find some water.

We need better solutions than this. Right now, we have a unique opportunity in the West to because the oil industry is churning out millions of gallons of water that is being tossed away by injecting it into the ground. Instead, let’s process the water to match the soil’s needs and then let’s land apply that water for grassland or grazeland. 

·     Want to watch animation about the solution? EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/cbd

·     Want to read scientific papers about it? EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/resources

·     Want to talk to somebody? 818.470.0285.

Let's Go Green – As In “Green Grass"

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We all want to be green. Heck, we named our company Encore GREEN Environmental.

And we agree we should recycle, not waste our resources, and in general take care of our lands and waters and air. But we also mean “green” like the color of grass. 

We live and work in the arid West and when we look at the horizon, we often see brown dirt and not green grass. We all know why. Not enough rain. 

But at Encore GREEN Environmental, we want to turn that view of the horizon green. We are taking the oilfield produced/by-product water and cleaning it to match the surrounding soil’s “DNA” and applying that water on the ground in order to grow grass. 

Not only is this a much better way to “dispose” of this water, but we also get lots of benefits like carbon mitigation, improved soil health, and increased conservation. 

All with just green grass.

So, let’s go green figuratively AND literally. Let’s turn the arid West green.

Give a shout, Jeff.holder@encoregreenenvironmental.com

Finally! Something We Can All Agree On!

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The ARID western United States needs WATER. Can we see a show of hands of who agrees with that? 

Thank you, yes, we see that hand. Even you in the back. Yes, everyone agrees that in a water scarce region like the arid West, water is a welcome visitor. The only problem is that water doesn’t come to visit nearly enough.

Water in the arid West means that dead, dry dirt become healthy soil. Vegetation can grow and if that happens, then photosynthesis mitigates carbon out of the air. Everybody wins. 

So, where are we going to get this water for the West? Truck it in from Florida?  No, we actually have the water right here in the arid West. In fact, there’s a multi-million dollar industry dedicated to throwing away water in the arid West. 

Wait, why would we do that? Why, indeed!

There’s trillions of gallons of industrial by-product water in this arid region but we just haven’t fully embraced the idea of cleaning that water and applying it to the ground. Instead, when produced/by-product water comes out of an oil well, we haul it away to another hole in the ground and throw it away because that water isn’t yet ready for ground application.

That’s kind of like saying we shouldn’t eat a carrot because we grew it in the dirt and it has to be washed first. If you want a carrot, then, wash it.

Yes, the water needs to be processed to take out any negative elements so that the water is matched to the “DNA” of the soil. Then, let’s do that.

Yes, that costs the same or less than disposing of it. Yes, there’s already permitting protocols for this. Yes, we’ll test all water in a double verification process to make sure the water is ideal for the soil. Yes, we’ll put that water data available for the public to see. No, we aren’t making this up.

Do you need water for your land? Or do you need to “dispose” of water from your industry? Either way, we can help. Let’s talk before you toss away another gallon.