According to a January 29, 2016 report, groundwater contamination has dramatically declined along the Catawba-Wateree River after coal ash removal by South Carolina utility South Carolina Electric and Gas. Under a settlement negotiated by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper, SCE&G agreed to remove the coal ash from its Wateree facility on the banks of the Catawba-Wateree River near Columbia, South Carolina, upstream of the Congaree National Park. The coal ash is being moved to a lined landfill away from the river where it is stored dry.
Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. Announces New Proprietary Treatment Protocol That Significantly Increases Production in Oil Wells
Initial Testing Shows Significant Increase in Production for Stripper Wells While Reducing Hydrogen Sulfide, Iron Sulfide Scales and Bacterial Deposits
Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. announced that it has developed a new proprietary well treatment protocol that increases oil production and substantially reduces hydrogen sulfide (HsS), iron sulfide scales (FeS), bacteria and bacterial deposits present in oil wells. The protocol consists of a dual treatment regimen that utilizes the Company's proprietary Excelyte® and Catholyte Zero™ solutions. Initial tests were performed in the West Texas Region of the Permian Basin on five stripper wells, which are typically defined as oil wells producing ten barrels of oil per day or less. The results showed that this new proprietary dual treatment substantially reduced hydrogen sulfide and bacteria and their deposits present in the five wells and increased the production volumes of the wells by approximately 75% after one month of treatment. The Company believes that this new dual treatment provides operators of stripper wells with an important tool to substantially increase production and profitability of these wells. The additional revenue that a producer can generate from its wells following our dual treatment protocol is of particular importance in this current low oil price environment where operators are forced to consider shutting in their wells due to economic considerations. The Company believes that there are over 400,000 stripper wells in the United States that could benefit from the dual treatment with approximately 140,000 of these wells in Texas alone. In addition, the Company believes that its novel dual treatment regimen can be adapted to treat and clean oil and gas pipelines more safely than other chemical treatments. The Company is in the process of pursuing patent protection on its new dual treatment protocol.
Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, became the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident. While humans are now scarce in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, continued studies—including a just-published camera study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory—validate findings that wildlife populations are abundant at the site.
Company continues transporting coal ash to Homer, Ga. as part of initial work
Duke Energy Carolinas has started the permitting process to safely manage coal ash at the W.S. Lee Station in Belton, S.C., by constructing a fully lined on-site landfill.
Coastal voices have spoken louder than Big Oil’s influence
Today the Obama administration released details of the proposed federal offshore drilling program covering the years 2017 to 2022. An earlier draft of this program initially included leases for offshore oil and gas development off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The version released today has removed the Mid- and South Atlantic from consideration.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association of Columbia, SC awarded $30,000 Environmental Justice Small Grant
An Environmental Justice Small Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been awarded to the Gills Creek Watershed Association. for their project titled: Exposure to mercury through subsistence fishing: Assessment and outreach in underserved communities in Gills Creek Watershed, SC. The Gills Creek Watershed Association is one of 40 non-profit and tribal organizations selected for award of nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants for work to address environmental justice (EJ) issues nationwide.