Invention Could Revolutionize Oil & Gas Industry
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A local company has revealed its latest oil and gas invention, one they say will increase production and also protect the environment. They estimate their creation, the Hydro System, will bring in hundreds of jobs to the Grand valley. Versatile and the first of its kind, the above ground water retention system is an alternative method to store water. Co-owner of Hydro, LLC, Brock Wade, said, "It has about 10,000 barrels in it right now. A simple truck and trailer brought it in, we set it up in about an hour." While the invention can be used for any type of water, it was specifically designed for fracking in the oil and gas industry. "Allows us to take the same footprint that say a line of 20 frack tanks would take up, it would take up that same footprint and provide twice the amount of water storage for the customer," said Wade. The Hydro System is virtually leak-proof, "You can always visually see all the way around it. If there's ever a leak, anything, number one it's caught by the secondary containment and number two, nothing ever leaches into the environment." Despite recent rain and muddy conditions, the structure has remained stable and held 100 percent to it's design. "We wanted to basically mimic softened ground, runoff water, a heavy rain and everything came true, it held," said Wade. While the invention will create jobs, it also aims to protect the people working them, "So many safety mechanisms to protect against failure, to protect against leaks and to protect every individual sitting on location," said Wade. It's an alternative solution that many businesses may soon be diving into.