California musician conman says he can make oil flow faster

"A musician who claimed he could use sound waves to improve oil and gas exploration and transportation was actually running "sham enterprises" that defrauded investors out of at least $3.3 million, federal regulators said in a lawsuit filed Monday."

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/06/04/california-musician-defrauded-texans-claiming-sound-can-make-oil-flow-faster-feds-allege

I don't even know what to say.....

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Yeah, I saw this too.

Ultrasound can actually be used as a method of enhanced oil recovery.

But this musician was a straight up scam artist - took investors money and paid for his, um, extravagant lifestyle.

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For info, attached is an old reference from Shell and SPE.

"Near Wellbore Stimulation by Acoustic Waves"  from 15 years ago.  A Russian company has managed to miniaturize an ultra-sonic device, and successfully deployed it in 300 wells.

 

SPE 82198 Near Wellbore Stimulation by Acoustic Waves.pdf

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