The PBWIEC® connects industry leaders and researchers, sharing best practices and cutting-edge approaches to some of the oil and gas industry’s most pressing issues. As we are working to build the most successful conference program yet, here’s an outline of our agenda.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

VIP Opening Reception
The Petroleum Museum
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Conference Sessions
Midland County Horseshoe
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session Topics to include*:
• Water Plans on State and Private Lands
• Exploring New Opportunities for Handling Produced Water
• Sourcing Entities: Advantages and Challenges
• The Impact of Government Regulations in the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
• Reservoir Depressuring and Produced Fluid Handling
• An Updated Look at Water Disposal Issues
• Large Volume Injectants: Water and CO2 in Enhanced Oil Recovery

Dinner with Keynote Speaker
The Petroleum Museum
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Conference Sessions
Midland County Horseshoe
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session Topics to include*:
• Gaining Better Understanding of Earthquakes in the Permian Basin
• Exploration of Water Issues in West Texas and New Mexico
• Strategies and Opportunities for Water Reuse
• Continuing Education – Ethics

*Conference sessions remain in development and are subject to change.


The Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference® has been held three times over the past four years, being cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 Crisis.

The Conference idea was brought to The University of Texas Permian Basin’s Business Advisory Council by industry leaders with concerns about water usage in the energy industry.

Jim Woodcock, Chairman of the Council, brought in a group of industry volunteers to design the program and speakers. The objective was to explore and discuss different issues and opportunities in the use and reuse of water by industry and scientific leaders.

The volunteers helped guide the Conference for three years with the Conference growing each year and averaging well over 500 attendees the second and third years. Attendees have come from several states and foreign countries.

Due to its growth and need for ongoing administrative support and continuity, UT Permian Basin has taken over the administration and provided a full-time employee. A group of industry volunteers continue to provide direction and content for the conference.

2020 Conference photo of speakers


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The group code is WEC.