By Megan Vick
In an odd twist of fate, many fracking companies are looking to the clean energy sector to provide solar energy options for hydraulic fracturing. Halliburton Co (yes, the same people responsible for the BP oil spill in 2010) has a machine which relies on solar generated electricity in combination with Earth’s gravity to shoot sand into underground rock. This rock contains the ever-precious natural gas or oil. This little machine is called the SandCastle.
Fracking has generated tons of controversy because of the threat to the environment. Specifically, fracking has come under fire for using “proprietary chemicals” used to release the natural gas. These chemicals do not have to be released to the public; therefore many people do not know when the groundwater supply is contaminated. This also causes problems because common household filters don’t remove such potent contaminants from the water.
Halliburton, along with other companies, is working to build its fracking clean-up business to continue its “environment-friendly” spin. Now, Halliburton is promoting a product called CleanStim. CleanStim is a fracking fluid that is made “almost entirely of enzymes from fruit and vegetable compounds.” But, like most things involving fracking, we do not know what CleanStim actually contains since the ingredients are proprietary. As a symbol of faith, the CEO of Halliburton drank CleanStim from a jar at an October conference to prove there is nothing harmful in the fracking fluid.
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*See the full article by David Wethe at Bloomberg Businessweek