by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M, Feb. 14, 2007 – Joseph J. Taber, director emeritus of New Mexico Tech’s Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), recently was honored by being named the recipient of the REP America New Mexico Chapter’s “Theodore Award.”
REP America is the national grassroots organization of the Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) political group. Taber was officially presented with the Theodore Award at REP America’s annual meeting, which was held last month in Albuquerque.
The award, named after Theodore Roosevelt, was given to Taber in recognition “for his contribution to conservation in New Mexico,” the citation stated.
“Basically, I believe the Theodore Award was awarded to me primarily for a patented method I developed to convert brackish water to fresh water, which is something that fits right into REP America’s goals,” said Taber.
In 2005, Taber was granted a U.S. patent for a novel method he developed of converting oilfield “feed water” into fresh water.
The patented method, which utilizes existing reverse osmosis technology, has the capacity to economically convert water considered too salty for consumption into fresh water by using existing oilfield water pressures and high-flow rates typically found in oilfield operations, such as using injection of water for enhanced oil recovery.