The oil industry is a market full of intangibles, plenty of knee-jerk reactions from investors and a dynamic that often defies logic and clear-cut forecasts. For the U.S., there are several constants that continue to influence the industry. Perhaps the most notable is that the majority of our oil continues to be imported.
A Pennsylvania regulation became law in August that will help prevent the discharge of incompletely treated frac water from natural gas drilling into area rivers. Altela Inc., a water treatment company based in Albuquerque, NM, has begun implementation of the solution to the frac water problem at a plant in Williamsport by treating 100,000 gallons a day of frac water to better than drinking water standards.
When Hanover Engineering began work on a 20-mile long sewer project estimated at $18 million, they knew it wouldn’t be easy, specifically analyzing the subsurface rock on the trench lines. Traditionally, this task would require boring test holes approximately every 30 feet — a tedious and time-intensive approach, but one that is still regularly used.
A new, hands-on Skills Challenge will be the latest innovation featured in the 2012 RehabZone at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition (UCT), Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.