Reflections While Waiting at Lubbock Airport 

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I have had the good fortune to meet and make friends with a lot of great people in my life. One of those was a true cowboy.

No, really, he played football for the Dallas Cowboys. And, oh yeah, he was also a PRCA rodeo cowboy steer wrestler and darn good pool player and he could even whittle a piece, if time permitted. 

So what does knowing Walt Garrison have to do with oil and gas, Encore Green Environmental, soil health and agriculture? Well, let me explain.


It’s 4 am and I’m at the airport in Lubbock Texas heading to Houston. Yesterday our company entered in to an MOU to start re-purposing water for agriculture use in the Hobbs, NM area. It’s a big project, covering over 65,000 acres. 

I meet with two ranchers that have worked on this idea for over 15 years and now it’s our company’s responsibility to make it happen -- and we will. 


So how does this involve Walt Garrison? Back in the day, if you asked Coach Tom Landry, he’d say that if it’s 4th and 3, give the ball to Garrison and he’ll get 3 yards. If it’s 3rd and 10 give the ball to Garrison and he’ll get 3 yards. 

That’s like Encore Green Environmental. My point is that we are here to get the last 3 yards. The other guys laid the ground work and set the idea of this conversation into play. Now, we’re here to go the last 3 yards and get our Pioneer spirits over the goal.

Thanks for trusting Encore Green Environmental. Walt, thanks for helping us all learn the impact of 3 yards.

#waltgarrison #cowboys 

Quit Sticking Your Head – And Produced – Water in the Sand!

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Even though many say ostriches don’t really stick their head in the sand, we know some people that are doing just that. 

Okay, they don’t literally put their head in the sand, but they are literally sticking oilfield by-product/produced water into the sand. Or clay. Or dirt.

You see, when an oil company fracks, 3 to 6 times the amount of by-product/produced water comes out for every 1 barrel of oil. With the foresight of an ostrich, we collectively take that water and stick it in an injection well. 

But -- we don’t know what the quality of that water is. We just know that chemicals were added in the fracking process. 

And -- we don’t know where that water goes once injected. 

And – we are losing opportunity of doing something better with this water.

But now - we can keep ignoring the problems that this “solution” creates. Or . . . 

We can get our collective heads out of the sand and do something a bit smarter with this water. 

Let’s clean it by getting rid of those chemicals. Then, let’s apply it to the dry, dusty dirt of the West and grow vegetation. This starts a chain reaction of better soil, better vegetation, better air quality. 

We have a patent pending methodology, Conservation By-Design, that can accomplish all this.

But we won’t do one bit of it if our head is sticking in the sand!

To learn about Conservation By-Design, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/CBD

To read the scientific evidence for what we’re talking about, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/resources

To talk to a person about this, go here:

 818.470.0285. 

 

 

 

It’s Not “Produced Water Disposal” – It’s Just “Moved Water”  

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Are you not short, but “height challenged”? Are you not overweight, just “short for your weight”? Do you think that your cousin is not dumb, just “intellectually challenged”?

If so, then you probably call taking the by-product water from an oil well and trucking or piping it to an injection well and putting it in the ground as “disposing” of the water.

It’s not disposed of. It’s just been moved. 

When the oil company fracks, 3 to 6 times the amount of water comes out of the oil well compared to the actual oil. That water is then “disposed of.” But it’s still water and it’s still here. It just got moved to a new location and stuck in the ground. 

Let’s call it what it really is – it’s throwing away water.

With Conservation By-Design™, this water can be cleaned and put out onto the land. It’s not moved. It’s not disposed of. It’s put to use. That clean water helps the soil become healthy and to do the thing soil and water were designed to do – grow vegetation.

The oil company throws away trillions of gallons of water each year – the majority of that water is in the ARID West.  

Maybe we get a little less “intellectually challenged” about this – and put this water to beneficial-use for the good of us all!

 

To learn about Conservation By-Design, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/CBD

To read the scientific evidence for what we’re talking about, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/resources

To talk to a person about this, go here:

 818.470.0285. 

What If The Sky Really Is Falling?

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Everybody knows that guy, right?  He sees the glass half-empty and predicts doom as a hobby. But what if at least on water scarcity he’s right?

Here in the arid West, we need every drop of water we can find just to maintain the people, the cities, the conservation, and the agriculture we currently have. We can’t grow. But that’s not why we think the sky is starting to crumble. 

We are concerned because the status quo of our water usage in the West is significantly threatened.

We gotta have water to do all the things we need to do, from food to conservation to drinking water. The arid West has always been defined by the need for water – and literal wars have been fought over it.  

But you can put your six-shooter away. We don’t need to go to war – we just need a new solution.

At Encore Green Environmental, we have that solution. But it’s not what you expect!

Let’s use a NEW source of water for the arid West. And then let’s water the heck out of our land. 

How?

In the arid West, alongside our dry dirt devoid of vegetation sits thousands and thousands of oil wells. 

Yeah, so?

So, these oil wells produce oil, of course. But also, because of fracking, they spit out by-product water – 3 to 6 times the amount of water to oil. That’s trillions of gallons a year of this by-product water that is right now injected back into a well or left to evaporate. 

Here’s a wacky idea, why don’t we clean that water and then apply it to the land and get vegetation growing?  Because if vegetation grows, then conservation, agriculture, and air quality goals can be met and exceeded!

Let’s use this water to re-frack. Let’s use this water to for ag and conservation so that the aquifer is not being drained. 

In short – why don’t we keep the sky from falling by simply cleaning the water and applying it to our lands.

You say that might be hard to do. 

But we’ve already done the hard part:

·     We have a patent pending methodology called Conservation By-Design to  accomplish all this. 

·     We have worked to get legislation to facilitate it. 

·     We have worked to plot a regulatory pathway for it. 

·     We have worked it as a business to make it not cost more to the oil companies than they currently pay for “disposal.” 

Worried about the sky falling on your land, your kitchen tap, or your business? Let’s talk. 

The sky doesn’t have to fall.

To learn about Conservation By-Design, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/CBD

To read the scientific evidence for what we’re talking about, go here:

EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com/resources

To talk to a person about this, go here:

 818.470.0285

Ag Independence – The Goal  

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We celebrate our nation today and we recall the wisdom and foresight of the founders who started a nation on the idea that the People could self-govern. When they led the revolution, they were AGAINST something, but they were also FOR something. History is educational, because we see that in contrast the French Revolution was AGAINST something, but they didn’t have a clear vision of what they were FOR.

As we talk about Ag Independence, we are clear what we’re against – scarcity of water. And what we’re for – repurposing cleaned oilfield water to be put out onto our land for ag and conservation. 

Let’s celebrate our nation today. Let’s remember their wisdom to be both against and for something important. And when the barbecues are over, let’s remember that Ag Independence means freedom from water scarcity.

Happy Independence Day, America!

#JustAddWater

#AgIndependence

Ag Independence – What the Heck is That?

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Once upon a time, we all were in the agriculture business because if you wanted to eat, that was your business. You grew enough for your family, if you the weather was good. You’d maybe reap a little more if the soil and the seed and your back cooperated.

That was then. 

Today for most people, agriculture is something that somebody else does. Most people in the US “harvest” by taking a trip to the grocery store and filling up a shopping cart. Many are happy to have independence fromag. But that’s not what we’re talking about. 

For those of us in the agriculture industry, we work to make sure that there is independence forag. 

In the arid West, agriculture is bound hand and foot by scarcity of water. What you can grow, what type of herds you raise, the value of your farm or ranch all depend on the amount of water you have. 

In fact, we never think about independence from scarcity of water because, well, that’s just how it is. Might as well complain that the sun doesn’t come up early enough in the morning. We can’t change it.

And that’s true. Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything, right?

But in the arid West, because of the oil industry, there are trillions of gallons of water each year and they are desperate to get rid of it, so they inject it down a hole in the ground and toss it away.

Maybe the ag industry could come up with a better use for that water than throwing it away? (that was sarcasm)

What if you had a few more acre inches of water on your soil? What would that mean? Greater yield? Different yield? Greater value?

At Encore Green Environmental, we are an ag company dedicated to stewarding our lands. We work with landowners to bring everyone together so that cleaned water from the oil well that matches the needs of your soil can be applied to your land.

That’s independence. 

Join the revolution.

What Does Cleaning By-Product Water Have in Common with Mozart??

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We don’t get to reference Mozart too often – or, heck, even Beethoven, Bach, or the Beatles.  We re-purpose oilfield by-product/produced water for ag and conservation and that process usually doesn’t have a soundtrack.

But Mozart was told something that we are told quite often. In the movie “Amadeus” based on Mozart’s life, this scene sounds way too familiar to us. Mozart has just played a new composition for the Emperor.

MOZART: So, then you like it? You really like it, Your Majesty? 
EMPEROR: Of course I do. It's very good. Of course, now and then - just now and then - it gets a touch elaborate. 
MOZART: What do you mean, Sire? 
EMPEROR: Well, I mean occasionally it seems to have, how shall one say? How shall one say, Director? 
ORSINI-ROSENBERG: Too many notes, Your Majesty? 
EMPEROR: Exactly. Very well put. Too many notes. 

We often find ourselves in front of the Emperor ourselves. Okay, maybe not a real Emperor. 

But we often have similar conversations with an E&P executive or a regulator or a landowner or an environmentalist. 

And they say that Conservation By-Design™ has “too many moving parts.”

See, no one is used to cooperating. That’s not business as usual . But for us to get the benefits of the ‘Just Add Water’ Initiative, everyone has to come onboard. Sure, that’s a lot of people, but the end result? Brand new clean water to our arid lands and a better environment.

Let’s work together on the moving parts. If we do, we’ll make beautiful music.

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