Update, May, 24: STW3 vice president of business development James Wieker wrote me this morning with news (well, actually no news ) on STW3's attempts to help with the Gulf oil spill. Here's what he had to say:
I have nothing new to report on my front. We have been knocking on as many doors as possible. FEMA would like to roll with our system, but with the federal government playing such as small role that is unlikely. They will not deploy until a national disaster has been declared and the federal government decides to take control. Frankly, it is quite sad that the Obama administration is not taking action and having BP run the show. I believe because of his inaction that there could be issues explaining to an investigative body why the administration has acted in this manner. He has the all power of the United States government and it’s services to help solve this problem, but yet next to nothing has been done. He could have done more and it is sad that he and his administration have taken a hands off approach.
A followup to a story in our April 22 Eco Issue:
I spoke to James Wieker, vice president of business development for the TASROP STW (Save the Water) Water Recycling System earlier this morning.
"We're banging on the doors so hard, I'm getting bruises on my hands," says Wieker.
A quick reminder of what the system does:
The STW sends contaminated water and chemical solutions through its filtration system, which captures aluminum, lead, zinc, chloride, arsenic and other heavy metals. It also recycles the solution so that it may be used again in a continuous loop, instead of being neutralized and disposed of. The STW can be placed in streams to clean water, as well as at a multitude of manufacturing plants such as processing outfits, plastics extrusion plants, auto body and transportation facilities and uranium-processing plants.
Specific to cleaning up oil, Wieker says the system can up to 75,000 gallons of water a day (with daily top-tray filter changes and every-other-day bottom tray changes). In spots with higher crude concentration, he says TASROP can add a coalescer to the front of the system to divert and reclaim the oil for use, then clean the water.
Another plus, Wieker says a unit can easily fit onto a small fishing vessel and pull enough power from a cigarette lighter.
"We know we can help," he says, "We're ready to go with equipment on a truck — we could be there in a few days (with a unit) ... we could have 25 units manufactured in two weeks."
Wieker says that TASROP, short of being contracted, would love to drive down voluntarily and perhaps connect with local fishermen, but says the budding company doesn't exactly have the investment capital to cover such an expenditure.
Wieker is open to outside support from anyone who could help cover costs. Call him directly at 719/369-3410, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on the system, click here.
[Update] Wieker sent us the letter that TASROP (they're actually in process of transitioning to calling themselves STW3, Inc.) has been sending out to those working on the gulf oil spill.
Every disaster provides the opportunity to learn how to respond more effectively. We believe that the STW3 Water Quality Management System can be an important part of an effective response to the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
Please allow me to introduce our very effective STW3 Water Quality Management System. Recognizing that the current technologies have difficulties meeting the challenges of the massive oil spill clean-up campaign ahead, I have taken the liberty of sending this e-mail outlining information regarding our water contamination treatment process.
We have been treating water-borne hydrocarbon contamination for several years with our system. In-service tests of our system by the Colorado Department of Transportation have proven our ability to remove hydrocarbon and heavy metal contaminants from polluted water. For a summary of those tests and other information relating to our system, please go to our website.
We have conducted tests of our system at three oil and gas related facilities here in Colorado which demonstrated our ability to clean very concentrated levels of hydrocarbon and heavy metal contaminants from water.
We would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the usefulness of our system in treating the contamination resulting from this disastrous oil spill with which you are now dealing.
Our first goal would be to perform a test to prove what and where we could be effective and useful. With initial funding, we could be on site and perform the test within 7 days.
Once successful in the testing phase, our deployment would have a huge impact on the local labor force which is currently side-lined by this catastrophe. We could have local Gulf Coast manufacturing companies producing our units within days of funding. Many of the local fishing vessels could be retro-fitted as treatment stations within weeks, the crews trained to use and monitor our systems. Local shipyard workforces would be mobilized to outfit those fishing vessels with our units.
Each retro-fitted fishing vessel could be expected to treat approximately 250,000 gallons of polluted water per day. Production could be ramped up quickly and scaled to meet the continuing need.
This situation is now bigger than a thousand barges could handle, but we must start somewhere. The following applications are all handles by the STW filtration system: Wash down the ships that transport freight in the waterways and Treat wash bay and storm water run-off, Treat the pockets of floating sludge along the coast line, and Recapture water-borne oil
Our president, Robert Miller, is well-acquainted with the area of the spill, having shrimped off the Mississippi and Louisiana coast on his father’s shrimp boat, scuba-dived and snorkeled at the Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore and trucked freight up and down both coasts of Florida. He is familiar with the oil and gas industry, having worked in the oil fields of Texas.
We would appreciate the opportunity for further discussion with you, while recognizing that time is of the essence in responding to this potential catastrophe. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dennis D Anderson 719-240-9950
Stop the Waste — Save the Water — Serve the World