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Eastern Quebec: August 2013 Archives

Petrolia wants liquefied petroleum gel as fracking fluid, instead of water president of Petrolia, André Proulx, raised eyebrows in recent days when he talked about using a different fracking technology in its drilling for oil on Anticosti Island. The method involves using liquefied petroleum gel as the fracking fluid, instead of water.

André Proulx says this technique would solve two big problems. He says fracking with a propane gel would be more effective in getting the oil out of the rock and that it would also be better environmentally than using water, especially on Anticosti, where there would not be any water treatment facility.

The technology was developed in Canada, by the Calgary-based company, GasFrac Energy. It's been used in New Brunswick, on a natural gas field developed by Corridor Resources. Corridor is Petrolia's partner on Anticosti Island. We spoke with Eric Tudor, a chemical engineer who works with GasFrac in Houston, Texas.

The first voice you will hear is that of Petrolia's André Proulx.

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Drinking water from salty seawater using energy from the ocean's waves

Rendu bleu.JPGAccording to some estimates, two billion people on earth do not have access to sufficient drinking water on a daily basis. The irony is 60% of the earth's population actually live near the sea. So wouldn't the ultimate solution to the drinking water deficit be to find a way to turn some of that SALT water into potable water?

A group of students in the mechanical engineering program at Université de Sherbrooke think they've come up with a machine that can do that. Their project is called Projet Odyssée.

Equipe_Odyssee2_low_res.jpgDragan Tutic is part of this group of students and he joined me on the phone this morning live from Singapore (poor phone quality).

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