(Pittsburgh Business Times) Fracking and drilling in the US has added to disposable income for all Americans, directly and indirectly. According to a new report, household disposable income was up an average of $1,200 last year due to increased natural gas use, lowering the cost of energy bills and other goods and services. Researchers expect that number to grow to just more than $2,000 in 2015 and to more than $3,500 in 2025. “The unconventional oil and gas revolution is not only an energy story, it is also a very big economic story that flows throughout the U.S. economy in a way that is only now becoming apparent. Significant job and economic impacts from energy production and its extensive supply chains, the growth of long-term, low-cost energy supplies is benefiting households are helping revitalize U.S. manufacturing. Fracking industry! Stand up and take a bow!
Some of the savings in the production of our new energy resources comes from better methods of exploration, drilling and production including more economical treatment and disposal of residual waste water and sludges.
The use of sawdust, corn cobs and construction debris to solidify liquid sludge to allow over-road-transportation to landfill sites, although cheap to obtain, ends up costing the drilling or treatment company more due to the vast amounts of material used to “solidify” the liquids. Sawdust and corncobs have an absorbency factor of about 1 to 1 1/2 while construction debris is even less. Lime kiln dust, although readily available adds even more to the disposal volume and weight, which translates into increased costs for the generator or treatment operation.
There are viable options to actually turn this liquid waste into a transportable solid at a ratio of over 25 to 1.The end result is if you run the numbers, the cost to treat one gallon of liquid waste with sawdust, costs will exceed $.47/gallon including disposal and transportation costs. SludgeGuard on the other hand will bring those costs down to $.25/gallon or less, including disposal and transportation costs.