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January 23, 2014

Talking oil and water: Company finds innovative ways to separate the two

ENID, Okla. — Water is nothing to be taken lightly in Oklahoma, and neither is drilling for oil.

The keynote speaker at Thursday’s Enid Regional Development Alliance quarterly luncheon addressed both topics when he shared information about what his company does.

“You’ve seen Select Energy trucks around Enid. I know many of you have,” said Brent Kisling, ERDA executive director as he introduced Mike Howdeshell.

Howdeshell is vice president of fluidity and water solutions for Select Energy Services. The Houston-based company provides water solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Howdeshell, officed in Fort Worth, Texas, said the company specializes in innovations in water usage for the oil field.

“We are a young company,” Howdeshell said. “We’re about six years old.”

Select Energy Services does everything above the ground with water used for fracking. It locates water from both traditional and non-traditional sources, prepares the water for its use in the fracking process and separates the oil from the water afterward.

Howdeshell showed alliance members a remote-control boat the company uses to gauge how much water is available for drilling use.

“It allows us to map that water containment facility and tell us how much water it holds,” Howdeshell said. “Anybody can go on their iPad and look and see how much water is in the pit.”

In trucking and transferring water, Select Energy has found more ways to be innovative. The company uses only leak-proof water lines and makes use of flat hoses similar to those used by fire departments.

“Not a sexy area, but definitely a needed area for innovation,” Howdeshell said.

The company, which has an office in Oklahoma City and keeps 125 employees busy around the Enid area, is looking to put a facility in Enid’s industrial park to consolidate area operations, Howdeshell said.

“We’re always looking at new ways to build a better mousetrap at Select,” Howdeshell said.

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