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hurstbw 102 posts  |  Last Activity: 14 hours ago Member since: Jun 27, 2000
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  • Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found an area of 5,052 square miles of "low oxygen water" or hypoxia in their annual survey.

    The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is caused by nutrients that wash into the Gulf's waters, which in turn boost the growth of algae blooms that suck up the oxygen.

    These nutrients come from "human activities, such as agriculture and wastewater" according to NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey. The nutrients end up in the Mississippi River which deposits them into the Gulf.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    A Modern Day Dust Bowl

    by hurstbw Aug 5, 2014 10:25 AM
    hurstbw hurstbw Aug 5, 2014 10:51 AM Flag

    California Shuts Down Injection Of Fracking Waste To Protect Scarce Water

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • As a drought unfolds slowly and devastatingly, California farmers feel desperate and abandoned.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • This is a good opportunity for Ecosphere to introduce their Ozonix solution to the municipal water industry. The ban on drinking water caused by these algae blooms in Lake Erie for Toledo, OH is a recurring issue and one of public safety. Hope they can get someone's ear.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Aug 1, 2014 12:18 PM Flag

    Accordingly, during the three months ended September 30, 2013, Ecosphere retained Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), a leading company in the field of intellectual property valuation, to perform an analysis for value of our patented Ozonix® technology portfolio. Navigant delivered the valuation in November 2013, which includes all of the potential industries and applications where Ozonix® can be used and licensed, including the global energy field-of-use, of which the Company owns approximately 31% interest in FNES.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    FNES purchase

    by badgertodd2012 Jul 31, 2014 3:30 PM
    hurstbw hurstbw Jul 31, 2014 3:35 PM Flag

    Hydrosphere Energy Solutions (Canada) Corp., is an exclusive sub-licensed partner to Fidelity National Environmental Solutions ("FNES"), with a strong management team bringing over 80 years of combined oilfield service experience. Hydrosphere is well positioned and excited to introduce the Ozonix® technology to Canada, and provide a solution to one of the biggest needs within the hydraulic fracturing industry.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    New purchase order from FNES

    by pojobey Jul 31, 2014 2:48 PM
    hurstbw hurstbw Jul 31, 2014 3:05 PM Flag

    They must like the EF10M modular version since that was the first for immediate delivery back in January and they ordered a second now which was not an outlined requirement in the agreement.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Hydrozonix count

    by bikes_2012 Jul 31, 2014 10:02 AM
    hurstbw hurstbw Jul 31, 2014 10:35 AM Flag

    Looks like they may need more machines to keep up with their growth. They pay royalties based on Net Earnings Before Interest and Income Taxes of 15% to Fidelity National Environmental Solutions. They order additional equipment through FNES also. Ecosphere benefits from future manufacturing of equipment and their 31% interest in FNES shows up as an investment subsidiary company in Ecosphere financials. So, what we (some of us) want to see are both those firms to start generating earnings and also purchase orders for more Ozonix equipment. New posting of Hydrozonix volume of water processed is an indication that they are back on track and still a vital partner to both FNES and Ecosphere.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 30, 2014 4:29 PM Flag

    FNFV
    •Total revenue of $686 million in the second quarter versus $650 million in the second quarter of 2013
    •Adjusted EBITDA of $59 million in the second quarter versus $44 million in the second quarter of 2013
    •Book value of approximately $1.44 billion, or $15.69 per diluted FNFV share
    "Finally, we distributed the stock of FNFV on June 30, 2014, and it began trading as a separate public company on the NYSE on July 1, 2014. We are encouraged by the market's significant interest in FNFV and look forward to creating value for FNFV shareholders through the active management of the existing portfolio company investments, the potential monetization of portfolio company investments and future potential add-on or new investments."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 30, 2014 3:43 PM Flag

    Hydrozonix is a sub-licensor of the Ozonix technology through Fidelity National Environmental Solutions. When they gave back the exclusivity to FNES for on-shore domestic oil / gas water processing they also had a reduction in their Net EBIT Royalty requirement down from 20% to 15% to be paid to FNES for their continued licensing of Ozonix. If something has changed with that I would not know about it. That was said in SEC quarterly when they lost exclusivity rights. They can order more equipment through FNES and it will be manufactured by Ecosphere Technologies. Ecosphere holds 31% interest in FNES. As well, FNES can sign as many of these non-exclusive sub-licensing arrangements as they want with other firms excluding the Hydrosphere territory in Canada. They can also expand their exclusive licensing agreements internationally. FNES can also grow themselves organically using the Ozonix technology for any oil, gas, coal, power plant (energy applications) short of doing so in territories that they have given exclusive licensing. That is how I understand it. Hydrosphere presently has an exclusive licensing arrangement with FNES for a specific territory of North British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. However, their licensing agreement included purchases of equipment for exclusivity and a payment of royalties based on minimum usage and is volume based on treated water according to the press release on the deal. That is a better model in my opinion. I think that Ecosphere will have better financial stability as they add more volume based royalties with minimum usage requirements. It is kind of like office equipment leases for copiers/printers. The leasing company requires a minimum usage charge and they charge by the copy/print based on the volume of use of their equipment above and beyond that minimum usage. In this case, it is a royalty payment charged for use of the Ozonix technology.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • This is a good article in Engineering News-Record which highlights Phillips and Jordan and includes Hydrozonix in the "More Markets" paragraph. Issue July 2014

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • 2nd quarter 2014 conference call at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Fidelity National Environmental Solutions is a part of this newly formed tracking stock of investment companies for Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Probably good to know their direction for growing the companies that are a part of it.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 28, 2014 1:47 PM Flag

    What we all know is that the EPA previously validated the Ozonix process to clean toxic waters. Ecosphere has made it public knowledge that they are going after opportunities to utilize the Ozonix technology to help clean up abandoned mine sites through its subsidiary Ecosphere Mining. EPA, State/Local governments, environmental engineering firms, mining companies, etc. are among their target market to work with to bring this process into commercial use. This is a speculative stock and investment. All I am doing is speculating based on the information that is given from Ecosphere website and SEC filings on their business plan.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 28, 2014 10:46 AM Flag

    The paragraph comes directly from the Ecosphere website that Ecosphere mining will use its patented environmental solutions and technologies to treat contaminated water from acid-mine drainage, abandoned water-filled pits, leachate pits, tailing ponds, and high priority abandoned mining sites. EPA has already done tests on the Ozonix process so they know of its ability to clean toxic waters. This Superfund project is very near where they decided to take office space and is projected to possibly last 10 years. Ecosphere Mining would not commit to a 5 year lease without something of assurance in regards to committed work. Someone on this board visited the office space and stated the strange picture of a fisherman (my guess a fly fisherman) on their door or window. I am just speculating the connection that they also are marketing the Ozonix water treatment for remediation of abandoned mining sites and the restoring of lakes, streams, wetlands that are effected by the toxic drainage etc. from these sites. Most of these projects involve the EPA, State/Local governments, environmental engineering firms, mining companies, etc. Guess we will find out in due time when management solidify's any deals. This is just one that I found to be extremely close to where they took office space. I am sure there are many more.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 25, 2014 4:44 PM Flag

    Since December 2004, the basin of the Colorado River lost nearly 53 million acre feet (65 cubic kilometers) of freshwater, almost double the volume of the region's largest reservoir, Nevada's Lake Mead, the researchers reported. About 75 percent of the total — about 41 million acre feet (50 cubic km) — came from groundwater, the study found.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Time for recycling solutions for all industries....
    Between December 2004 and November 2013, more than 75 percent of the water lost in the Colorado River Basin was from groundwater.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Drew Bledsoe

    by meomighty1 Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM
    hurstbw hurstbw Jul 25, 2014 10:37 AM Flag

    He is part of the ownership in what is now Fidelity National Environmental Solutions. I think that subsidiary breaks down in the following way: ESPH 31% FNF 39% Clean Water Partners/Others 30%. Bledsoe Capital is part of the 30% ownership I believe. Fidelity National Environmental Solutions has the global licensing rights to the Energy Sector (Oil, Gas, Coal, Power Plants, etc.) Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., until they announce other Partners, owns 100% of all other applications for Ozonix water treatment in all other vertical markets. They stated in their last quarterly report and the annual report that they hired Ladenburg Thalmann to offer a 20% interest in Ecosphere Mining for $10 million. As of the last quarterly filing they had not closed a deal as of the point. Maybe we will hear more about the direction of that subsidiary in the next quarterly or leading up to the next filing. Guess we wait and speculate.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 24, 2014 6:44 PM Flag

    Ecosphere Mining will also use its patented environmental solutions and technologies to treat contaminated water from acid-mine drainage, abandoned water-filled pits, leachate pits, tailing ponds and high priority abandoned mining sites.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Site Description
    The Richardson Flat Tailings site covers about 160 acres in a small valley 1½ miles northeast of Park City, Utah. The site consists of a tailings dam and impoundment that were used to capture and hold mill tailings from the Ontario Mine near Park City. Hazardous substances at the site include heavy metals such as arsenic cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, silver, and zinc.
    Historic aerial photos show that a tailings pile existed as early as 1953. The most recent tailings disposal in the area occurred from 1975 to 1981, when the site owner, United Park City Mines (UPCM), leased it's mining operations to Noranda Mining and Park City Ventures.
    The site is located next to Silver Creek, which is classified by the state of Utah as a cold-water fishery. In 1989, EPA and State of Utah officials observed mine tailings at the site sinking into an on-site diversion ditch and Silver Creek. Surface water coming from a diversion ditch surrounding the site is contaminated with heavy metals. This ditch empties into wetlands below the tailings dam and flows into Silver Creek. Groundwater below the site is also contaminated with heavy metals.
    The primary concerns are the site's effect on surface water and groundwater quality in the area, and the potential for people or wildlife to come into direct contact with the tailings or contaminated soils.
    Cleanup activities at the site are being conducted by UPCM, in cooperation with the Upper Silver Creek Watershed Group. The Upper Silver Creek Watershed Group is comprised of federal, state, and local agencies, local elected officials, and community representatives who have been working together since 1999 to address environmental contamination in the watershed left behind from historical mining activities.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • hurstbw hurstbw Jul 24, 2014 5:04 PM Flag

    Think about it a second. How did the design of the Ozonix Ore Recovery Equipment (ORE) come about? Ecosphere needed to be working with someone with industry experience to come up with a feasible design that incorporates the Ozonix technology so that they could fabricate their demonstration model. They are not mining experts themselves. So, speculate on who it might be. Their business plan is to partner with leaders in the industries within which they want to monetize the licensing of their technologies. There are other mining companies in and around their office in Utah so it could be any one of them. However, the only other speculation is the article last fall, Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient in Environmental Leader which mentions Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold as adopters of green technologies, as well as, mentions Ecosphere Mining, LLC and its Ozonix technology as a new company offering a green technology solution for water management. It is a speculation that either of these two firms may have pilot programs going on with Ozonix equipment, but that is all we have without real announcements from Ecosphere on happenings within that subsidiary. So we speculate until we hear more.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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