Reclaiming Exploration Land to Pristine Condition

According to a newspaper article on March 1, 2015 in the Denver Post, there are over 47,000 inactive oil and gas wells in Colorado alone. Over half of them are still in need of full restoration and ecological reclamation. Seventy-two percent have been in this state of scarring and land disturbance for over five years.

(In addition, http://fracfocus.org/ states that there are over 99,000 oil wells in the U.S. registered with the Hydraulic Fracturing Well and Chemical Database.)

Many of these wells are in the predicament of being abandoned, or producing very minimal amounts due to the increase of paraffin in the well, or else due to failure of fracking processes, which makes their production value virtually useless.

An unproductive well is of no value to an oil production company. It is a “lose-lose proposition” for the company who produces it, and for the community in which it is located by losing the potential to provide the revenue and jobs that provide local economic benefits.

We have an innovative process to allow oil wells with high wax content or unproductive fracking results to be productive again to the last drop. This reduces drilling other wells, while restoring good production, which results in responsible maintenance of the environmental effort, including positive incentives to reclaim the affected area.

A Comprehensive Team of Professionals With Diverse Skills Drives Cooperation and Sustainable Success 

By working with our development staff of planners, engineers, innovators, project managers, and mediators, we provide all parties with the ecological solutions necessary to once again make limited oil wells productive and mitigate environmental and political barriers.

By taking charge in coordinating the process, we then work with oil production companies at affected wells to take the increased revenue generated from a well that would have been scrapped or abandoned, and assure instead that proper reclamation and recovery plans are implemented at the end phases of the process.

According to the Denver Post article, while States require oil and gas companies to completely restore all sites in order to reduce erosion, loosen compacted soil, prevent dust storms, and control noxious weed invasions, some States like Colorado do not set timetables for completion or regulate completion deadlines. Some States do require pre-drilling reclamation plans, but not all. (Finley, B., & Murphy, J. 3/1.2015. The Denver Post: Denver, CO; http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_27618385/colorado-land-impact-oil-and-gas-boom-scars)

So in the case of those wells that have been deemed unproductive, there is hope to resurrect them, restore good production, and use newly regained revenues to return the in-production lands to ecologically favorable conditions, and post-production locales to pristine beauty and restoration.

Without our technology to assist companies, we see tens of thousands of wells inevitably left to be much more slowly restored over many years, usually with minimal effort and lax results. With our technology, we have the means to give impetus to oil management interests to work with our staff to provide a win-win reclamation plan that is budgeted, organized, and managed properly to meet environmental and ecologically sustainable expectations.

Our mediation team is one-of-a-kind. We have the means to intercede for local communities and empower them to have the authority to work with these companies to obtain an equitable and fair resolution to an otherwise very difficult ecological problem through cooperative mitigation services.

Pictures Below Help to Tell the Complete Story

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Oil and gas wells can produce for years. But interim reclamation after fracking shrinks the disturbed area, said Korby Bracken, above, director of Health, Safety and Environment for Anadarko Petroleum, during a tour of a Weld County site last fall. (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)

Here is an example of the reclamation process being done properly and with good planning and forethought:

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We Are Working to Mitigate Real Reclamation Problems Among All Concerned Parties

In certain environments, successful reclamation of disturbed lands is very challenging. Reclamation specialists working on reclamation of oil and gas lands are not regulated through a uniform federal act like mining operations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to restore lands disturbed from mining activities since the 1970s. More land usually feels impact from oil and gas development than mining activities. The challenges of reclamation success are concerning when regulatory pressures are slack, unless the company has proper incentives to focus on such labors, and proper civic involvement is able to be realized.

Our objective is to assist oil exploration companies in mitigating these issues with respect to those oil wells where paraffin build-up and fracking problems are specific concerns.

Our reclamation goals are consistent with environmental standards. We work with companies to reclaim oil lands to restore site stability and ecosystem functions, returning disturbed lands to their original use or use prior to disturbance, such as crop production or a wildlife habitat.

Successful reclamation involves meeting standards for plant density and forage production that are self-sustaining, restoring native plant establishment, and recontouring all of the disturbed surface area in order to match or blend with the original landforms.

We work with the companies that we partner with to review their interim reclamation plans. We coordinate to assure that the original construction, drilling, and well production plans for oil development are being maintained within the parameters of the specific drilling permits.

Cooperation Breeds the Kinds of Success Where Everyone Wins

We utilize the newly produced well revenues from our well treatment technology to assist our partners to evaluate, devise, and accelerate their interim reclamation plans on the land at the well site. Some new revenues not used for production are subsequently available. These are budgeted to undergo funding of the planned reclamation processes through recontouring, topsoil replacement, and revegetation.

Additionally,we assist our partners to assure that upon well depletion that the well is properly plugged, that the well site and all adjacent areas where roads or pipeline construction occurred are reclaimed, and that restoration of plant or wildlife communities, as well as other efforts are implemented to return the ecology to a pristine condition.

We work with each partner company’s restoration plan, and we cooperate with appropriate State, as well as U.S. federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), when required. Our civil engineers monitor topsoil and soil controls including erosion and subsurface considerations.

Recontouring and erosion control during interim and final phases are key components of good recovery and reclamation efforts that companies will employ under our guidance. We will work to assure that all well pads, road areas, and pipeline flows in all disturbed surfaces are reworked to reflect the original land contour. We will assure blending with the original landform. Successful preservation and salvaging of top soil, and revegetation will provide erosion control and overall site stability, beautification, and restoration of pristine land reclamation levels for many generations to enjoy these environments for the sustainable future.

We coordinate our efforts with the landholders and community interests to make sure everyone is treated fairly and equitably, including empowerment of local residents in the process of community self-government and self-reliance. Our legal division works to mediate all areas of concern between all involved parties: the company, the landholders, and the community/civil government.

New Approaches to an Old Problem   

Is there a need for this type of service? Absolutely!

What we find in the real world is that most oil companies many times do as little as necessary, in spite of their promises and assurances to local ranchers, community residents and leaders, and other concerned parties, that their lands will remain the same when the project is completed as when it started, as the end solution should be restored to its original state after production is over. Here are examples of how things end up in real life, where our intervention may be of value to all parties:

Our mission is to advocate jointly for all parties: the landowners, community advocates, and the oil developers. We work to come up with a collaborative solution that pleases everyone involved and returns the landform to the condition that it ought to be rightfully restored.

Included in our offering is the services of an international law firm that will provide comprehensive mediation support to assist the oil company, the landholder, and the local community to work out a cooperative relationship with respect to the entire process of exploration, production, recovery, reclamation, and revitalization of the flora and fauna of the ecological environment. Such services today are unheard of in the industry, where mitigating for all parties to work together to provide for long-term satisfaction and sustainability rises up as a standard of practice. We also include socially and politically viable legal technologies to assist the local communities to work through political issues where public officials may be acting in ways that violate constitutional guidelines and protections, either inadvertently or intentionally.

We come in when there is a real problem. We attempt to provide a win-win solution that allows for commerce, community, and residents to find a happy coexistence that pleases all parties involved.

These two pictures below represent the kind of pristine landscape we hope to maintain through our efforts:

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Oil Well Drilling Technologies Are Used to Assure Reduced Drilling, Recovery, and Reclamation

We have an innovative process to allow oil wells with high wax content to be productive to the last drop, and thus reduce unnecessary drilling. By using this technology effectively, these wells have a far higher percentage of production and only get shut down when really dry.

Our first project is in south Texas near Beaumont. This technology is used in Ukraine and Poland currently. It will be expanding across the United States through our project management team.

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