Over the last 10 years, the United States has enjoyed an unprecedented oil boom, with new sources of oil being extracted at rates that have never before been reached in the country’s history. One of the most important sources of this new oil is wells that are exploited through the use of hydraulic fracturing. This technique, also known as fracking, is a highly effective way of removing extremely tough oil resources from deep within rock formations. It relies on highly specialized equipment and the use of specialized chemicals that enable the oil to be extracted at high pressure from deep within the earth.
But serious concerns have risen about this new form of drilling for oil. One of these is the potential of the chemicals used in the process to contaminate groundwater and other sources of nutrients for local farm animals, wild animals and even humans. Although these concerns have often been blown out of proportion, there have been documented instances of extremely sloppy compliance by the drilling operators, leading to confirmed contamination events, which have put the lives of local livestock and residents in jeopardy.
Under the direction of its CEO Tony Petrello, one company, Nabors Industries, is determined to put an end to this type of corporate malfeasance forever. The development of its system known as Super ChemDAT System, Nabors Industries taking the responsibility of accurately monitoring and reporting on chemicals in the ground completely out of the hands of drilling operators. Through totally automating this system, Nabors Industries is effectively making it impossible to hide the use of chemicals and where they ultimately end up around the drilling site. With the Super ChemDAT System, it is possible to accurately track all chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, enabling government agencies and local site management to know, at all times, exactly what is occurring at the drill site.
Respecting Tony Petrello: yaledailynews.com/blog/2006/02/21/alum-endows-prize-in-memory-of-lang/