San Antonio, TX, June 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- President of Alfaro Energy Brian Alfaro announced that the time has come for better environmental regulations in the Eagle Ford Shale. Alfaro’s San Antonio-based company is aiming to recover half of its wastewater within five years as a part of its expanding environmental initiative. “Companies like Alfaro Energy are now searching for new ways to recover fracking wastewater in much larger quantities than ever before,” says a spokesperson for Brian Alfaro.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of extracting oil and gas from the pores of shale. Fracking a single well can take 80,000 to 150,000 42-gallon barrels of water. In addition to the water used during the frac, sand and additives are also injected into the well to prop open the shale’s pores and allow for easier extraction.
Previous estimates say that 1 percent of all fracking fluid was being recovered from Eagle Ford shale plays five years ago--in 2014 this number is now up to 30 percent. But Brian Alfaro says the industry needs to do more. “We need to be recycling as much wastewater as possible during our fracking operations. Not only does it preserve the environment; it also helps energy companies like us stay cost-effective by reusing our resources,” says Mr. Alfaro’s spokesperson.
Current estimates predict that drought and new government regulations are causing energy companies to go back to the drawing board on their recycling methods. Alfaro Energy aims to recycle half of its wastewater within five years. “Alfaro Energy strives to go above and beyond what is expected of us by law. We want to be the best at everything we do--including recovering and reusing our wastewater,” says Mr. Alfaro’s spokesperson.