Frac fluid biocide wins industry award

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) announced FyreRok Biofluids won the 3rd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Award today. FyreRok, a Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, based company, was given the EH&S Award for its technology which develops a hypochlorous acid at well pad sites to use as a non-toxic biocide to treat water used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, “The shale energy industry must continue to operate in an exemplary manner, exceeding stakeholder’s expectations in the environmental, health, and safety areas. This is integral to the industry being provided their social license to operate, gaining the trust and respect of the Commonwealth’s citizens, as well as the workers they employ and the communities where they operate. Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to once again shine a light on a Pennsylvania based company that is helping the industry achieve this standing.”

FyreRok’s “FyreCide 45” is an EPA and FDA-approved biocide for the onsite treatment of water both pre- and post-frac. According to the company, it has been known for some time that hypochlorous acid is more effective than traditional biocides, but the challenge has come from finding a cost-effective way to use them in large scale, multi-million gallon frac jobs.

The SGICC holds a competition in May in which each of the four winners received $25,000 of seed money to fund their projects.

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