Member Spotlight:

Hapco sells and services a complete line of thermoplastic welding heat tools used during installation of drilling well pad, primary/secondary containment, and pond liners for the shale gas and oil industry. Hapco sells and services BAK heat guns, wedge welders, and extruders; along with Demtech wedge welders and extruders. Hapco also stocks a full line of equipment accessories, including the BAK Laron walk behind welder. This welder was primarily designed for the roofing industry and is utilized to mechanical weld geomembranes and foam berming. Hapco is conveniently located in Northeast Ohio and has been providing equipment to all major natural gas plays, and is within 1 day shipping for the majority of the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. Hapco welcomes a visit by those needing to drop off equipment for repair and/or order pickup. Hapco’s additional office serves the Southern U.S. shale plays and is located in Hewitt, Texas, near Waco. For more information on Hapco, Inc., please contact Mike Szugye by cell phone @ 330-697-3259 or by email at or visit


FGI and IAGI Create Geomembrane Guidelines

The FGI and IAGI teamed up to develop installation guidelines for heavyweight (>25 mil), lightweight (<25 mil), and unsupported compounded geomembranes.  The heavyweight and lightweight guidelines have been approved by IAGI and can be viewed using the following links.  The unsupported compounded guideline is under final editing and will be available shortly.

For Heavyweight Guidelines, please click here.

For Lightweight Guidelines, please click here.

Ohio EPA Wants Reduced Wrinkles

OEPA develops recommendations for reducing wrinkles in geomembranes such as using PVC and white HDPE geomembranes, avoiding placement of overlying drainage layer when wrinkles are present, and removing and replacing the wrinkles.  Click here for article describing wrinkle concerns and mitigation recommendations.

For complete article describing wrinkle concerns and mitigation recommendations, please click here.

Article: Opportunities and Challenges: Geosynthetics in the Oil and Gas Industry

To download article, please click here.