SGICC Annual Environmental Health & Safety Award
Winner of the 2015 SGICC Sponsored Environment Health & Safety Award
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) announced the winner of their Third Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2015™ Conference. The award was presented to FyreRok Biofluids, a Bellefonte, PA, based company that has developed a new, novel and safe technology to produce hypochlorous acid at well pad sites to be used to treat water used in the hydrofracturing process.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive this award!”
Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, “The shale energy industry needs to operate in an exemplary manner, exceeding stakeholder’s expectations in the environmental, health, and safety areas. This is integral to the industry being provided their social license to operate. They must continue to gain the trust and respect of the Commonwealth’s citizens, the workers they employ, and the communities where they operate. Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to once again shine a light on a Pennsylvania-based company that is helping the industry achieve this standing.”
FyreRok Biofluids, a subsidiary of FyreRok Reservoir Consulting, LLC, has developed a methodology to produce a highly efficient, non-toxic biocide, hypochlorous acid, in real-time to treat the bacteria present in fracturing fluids. Hypochlorous acid has been around for many years but never adapted to the demands of today’s massive fracturing treatments due to delivery constraints and shelf-life. The FyreRok technology resolves these issues.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive this award!” commented Grafton Withers, President of FyreRok Biofluids. “We are currently demonstrating our patented technology to E&P and service companies to show its simplicity, its reliability, and the efficiency of the biocide in treating fracturing fluids.”
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org), an initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP (http://www.cnp.benfranklin.org) is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the various shale formations comprise part of the energy reserves of the Commonwealth. The Center also identifies, supports and helps commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset.
About the Award
Paramount to the success of the shale gas industry is their ability to operate in an environmentally responsible, safe manner, gaining the trust and respect of the citizens, the communities where they operate, and the workers they employ. Innovation is a cornerstone of the industry. From the vision that George Mitchell had that transformed the extraction process to the advanced methods now being employed during virtually every step of process, new technologies are paving the way for the industry’s success.
The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) is proud to announce our Third Annual EH&S Award to honor one innovation that we believe has the potential to be an important advancement in the industry’s operating procedures to improve the environmental, health and safety of their workers and the communities where they operate. Annually, we will survey the proposed or commercially available new technological advancements in the EH&S area for the shale gas industry that are being developed by Pennsylvania based entities, and choose one winner to highlight. The objective of the award is to place a spotlight on the importance of EH&S to the shale gas industry, by highlighting the new technologies that are being developed every year to promote continuous improvement in this area.
John Mouser, President of TekSolv and Amye McDearmon, TekSolv Marketing & Communications Manager pictured with the 2014 SGICC EH&S Award along with Bill Hall, SGICC Director
SGICC Director Bill Hall (Left) presents the Inaugural EH&S Award to Donny, Beaver, President of HalenHardy