Leveraging Environmental DNA (eDNA) Technology in the Oil & Gas Industry
By Profire TeamDecember 6, 2023
Environmental DNA, or eDNA, has emerged as a vital tool for many industrial processes including oil and gas. Traditional DNA is a fundamental genetic material that is found in all living organisms, carrying its distinct characteristics. This principle is also true for eDNA.
How eDNA is gathered
When gathering eDNA tests are conducted on samples of water, soil, and sediment. The samples are taken from the environment to assess the ecosystem of a specific area. Various industrial applications have adopted these testing processes as they save time, are cost-effective, and are less invasive to the environment. The results are then used as a reference point in the future to measure the impacts, if any, an industry has had on the area it is working in.
Uses for eDNA
Within the oil and gas industry, its production is closely monitored for any effects it might have on the environment. One of the most common occurrences is in the event of an oil spill, a company is responsible for restoring the affected area back to its original state. Having the initial eDNA records provides a business with a complete scope of the protocols that need to be completed for proper land reclamation. It will also aid in determining the ecological damage, if any, and the effectiveness of the reclamation processes.
The shortfalls of eDNA
Despite the numerous advantages of eDNA, there are some limitations. One notable drawback is how fragments of the DNA can break down. This can happen from exposure to high temperatures, sunlight, and the presence of other chemicals in the sample. This is why extreme care needs to be given when handling all environmental samples. Additionally, eDNA technology may not always provide an accurate picture about the population or density of plants, animals, and other organisms in the tested area. It may not accurately show the full extent of any ecological damage if samples are not taken from a vast enough area.
On-site monitoring to manage environmental impacts
With the growing need for companies to better manage their environmental impacts, Profire has developed a cutting-edge solution, the PFCONNECT. This proactive and innovative solution enables industrial leaders with continuous remote monitoring of their assets and field equipment. It provides real-time insights and enhances your overall environmental stewardship. How it works:
Remote Monitoring – Allows you to remotely monitor your assets and field equipment, ensuring that they operate efficiently and in compliance with environmental regulations. By continuously tracking equipment status and performance, you can proactively address potential issues, minimizing the risk of environmental harm.
Notifications and Alerts – Sends notifications and alerts in real-time, keeping you informed of any anomalies or equipment malfunctions. This rapid response capability helps prevent environmental incidents by allowing you to take immediate corrective actions.
Data-Driven Decision-Making – Provides valuable data and reports on the condition and performance of your assets. This data empowers you to make informed decisions that can significantly reduce your environmental footprint and enhance sustainability.
For more information on how Profire products can be utilized to manage the environmental impacts within your application, Contact Us.