Halliburton, the Houston-based oil and gas company that is one of the world’s largest practitioners of hydraulic fracturing – more commonly known as “fracking” – claims that it has developed a new fluid for use in the process that is totally benign.
Called “CleanStim,” the substance is allegedly sourced entirely from ingredients used in the food service industry.
The new formula “doesn’t quite call for the downhole delivery of fruits and vegetables,” according to a review posted on the company’s website. “But it does rely on some of the same acids and enzymes present in those items to create one of the most innovative and environmentally safe fracture solutions ever conceived.”
During the summer of 2011, one of the energy company’s executives shocked his audience at an industry conference by taking a sip of CleanStim. Although that event was decried by some as a stunt, many environmentalists have commended Halliburton for taking action to explore safer alternatives to traditional fracking fluids.
At the same time, even with the prospect of relatively natural replacements for synthetic chemical substances on the horizon, energy companies will still need to exercise caution in the management of their oil and gas wells when engaging in fracking. The frac flowback process and other aspects of fossil fuel extraction continue to present significant risks to both human and environmental health.
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