U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and senior Obama Administration officials convened in Spartanburg, S.C., to host a Clean Energy Savings for All Summit – the first of a series planned across the country. This event provided local officials, advocates, community organizations and members of the public an opportunity to interact directly with the Obama Administration and local leaders to learn about current efforts to reduce air pollution, deploy clean energy and energy efficiency, and build an inclusive clean energy economy that engages low-income communities. The Summit featured a ceremony marking the kickoff of the Arkwright Solar Power Facility Development, a solar farm that will be built over the now capped Arkwright landfill, a former source of pollution and contamination in the community.
Photographer and South Carolina native J Henry Fair has made a career as an artist of creating beautiful pictures to draw attention to environmental issues. This is the inaugural exhibit of the “Coastline Project” the goal of which is to create a portrait of the American Coastline, in preparation of the inevitable changes to come with climate change.
USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses and Spur Economic Development
Rural Business Cooperative-Service Administrator Sam Rikkers announced that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses.
"Our small, rural businesses need financing to compete in the global economy," Rikkers said. "With this announcement, USDA is demonstrating its continued commitment to investing in small towns and rural communities. These loans and grants will spur entrepreneurship, create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural America."
The Lower Savannah River Alliance (LSRA) has merged with Savannah Riverkeeper (SRK) as an affiliate organization. Based in Allendale, SC, LSRA is a non-profit community group whose mission is to enhance opportunities for ecotourism and nature-based ventures in the Lower Savannah River Region. This partnership of individuals, businesses and organizations promotes responsible use of the river and values its economic viability. LSRA has served as stewards for seven different counties in two states: Burke, Effingham & Screven Counties in Georgia and Allendale, Barnwell, Hampton & Jasper counties in South Carolina, for more than a decade.
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.