OriginOil Claims Solution for Fracking Water Problem

Originoil1The folks at OriginOil say they have the solution for the problem of what to do with all of the wastewater leftover from hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” the process used to free petroleum and other non-renewable fuels from the ground.

Riggs Eckelberry is the CEO of OriginOil, a company dedicated to extracting oil from algae for a variety of uses, including making that oil into renewable fuel. In an interview with Joanna, he said they’ve developed a chemical-free, low-energy process that uses electronic pulses to separate the algae from the water, and that same technique works well getting petroleum out of the fracking water.

“That water when you are fracking an oil well is full of petroleum,” he explained. “We found our process, independent of algae, does a great job of removing up to 98 percent of those particulates … easy to purify to drinking water or groundwater standards.” He added the fracking industry needs to start treating its water or become impaired, calling it of national strategic importance.

Riggs-Eckelberry-Headshot1Riggs went on to say that this process gives the oil industry a chance to be on a more environmentally friendly path, preserving that income flow for them and saving them money. It costs 21-26 cents per gallon to treat the dirty water. His company’s process could get that down to 7-8 cents per gallon, even below the 11-cents-per-gallon rate just to haul the untreated water away. “At that point, why would you do anything else?”

He said the application could work in other contaminated water situations, such as mining tailings and wastewater.

Listen to Joanna’s interview with Riggs here: Interview with Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil

One thought on “OriginOil Claims Solution for Fracking Water Problem

  1. What I understand is that Algae not only take organic waste (like in fishfarms) out of water, but also many types of toxic chemical waste, such as heavy metals and other more complex toxic compounds. Then harvesting the Algae that have sucked up the chemical, toxic contamination(s) will leave behind much cleaner water. In other words it is very important to what extend specific Algae straines are capable of taking the most toxins out of the polluted water.
    Once for a certain type of watercontamination the best Algae strain has been determined, then growing this Aglae strain in that polluted water and harvesting the Algae will leave much cleaner water behind. The toxins now in the Algae are concentrated and much easier to be processed then when they were disolved in the water, cause you just process the Algae themselves, for example burning or extration processes for heavy metal recovery e.g.g.
    Maybe one day we will have Algae that can absorb plastics and let them loose in the Pacific Ocean to clean up the plastic pollution