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GUEST VIEW: PBWIEC highlights industry collaboration

By Odessa American Guest View
January 16, 2022

Innovation is at the heart of the oil and gas industry, especially here in the Permian Basin, and no sector has been as dynamic over the last few years as water management. As the President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, I know how important water use has been for operators and that responsible water use is vital to the growth and development of our industry.

It’s imperative we continue to embrace new technologies that allow for better treatment and reuse of water, along with improved management of the large volumes of produced water that accompany drilling.

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Water in Energy Conference spotlights seismic activity

By Odessa American
January 16, 2022

Kicking off Feb. 22 with a reception, the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference is returning this year and organizers expect it to be one of the best attended editions.

The conference sessions will be Feb. 23 and 24 at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena & Pavilion, 2514 Arena Trail. The event is now part of University of Texas Permian Basin.

Dean of the College of Business Steve Beach said registrations tend to come in often times toward the end.

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Water In Energy Conference highlights industry collaboration, cooperation

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
January 14, 2022

Innovation is at the heart of the oil and gas industry, especially here in the Permian Basin, and no sector has been as dynamic over the last few years as water management. As the president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, I know how important water use has been for operators and that responsible water use is vital to the growth and development of our industry.

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RRC orders suspension of all deep injection wells near Midland

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
December 20, 2021

With four more earthquakes on Wednesday and Thursday occurring in Northwest Midland County, the Railroad Commission is ordering the indefinite suspension of all deep oil and gas produced water injection in the area effective on Dec. 31.

This is the latest in a series of actions the RRC has taken to help ensure the agency takes all necessary measures to protect residents and the environment in the area.

Operators of disposal wells in the RRC’s Gardendale Seismic Response Area (SRA), which is north of Odessa and northwest of Midland, will not be permitted to inject below the top of the Strawn Formation, which occurs at around 10,000 feet in depth but can vary.

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PBWIEC conference dates

Registration is open for 2022 Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
October 26, 2021

The Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference (PBWIEC) returns February 22 – 24, 2022. It promises another far-reaching and educational discussion of the role water plays in oil and gas production and the challenges associated with it. COVID-19 took away a year, but we are back and better than ever!

Water touches us all; we use it every day, and it’s essential for human life. Water is also an integral part of oil and gas production, which produces the energy we need and use every day. The use of water in the energy industry is highly visible because it’s used in what most of us consider very large quantities in a very short time, whereas other heavy users of water, primarily agriculture (a very, very large consumer of fresh water) spread their use out over longer periods. We see an irrigation pivot and don’t think too much about how many gallons of water are being sprayed on a green crop, but we see a frac rig set up on a well and many of us think in terms of millions of barrels being consumed in the process.

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Report: Number of quakes drop around Midland

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
October 24, 2021

The number of earthquakes in and around Midland has dropped in the past three weeks, according to information from earthquaketrack.com. The website showed that the last earthquake around Midland took place Oct. 7 – a 1.9 magnitude tremor north-northwest of Midland. Since then, the only quake in the immediate region happened Oct. 12 near Big Spring.

The last flurry of earthquakes ended around Oct. 1. Earthquaketrack.com still reported Sunday that there had been 13 quakes in the last 30 days and 203 in the past 365 days near Midland.

It remains unclear if that lack of seismic activity is related to actions taken by the Railroad Commission of Texas, having to do with issuing new disposal well permits in the Gardendale Seismic Response Area and the reduction of daily injection volumes.

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GUEST VIEW: Water plays vital role for all of us

By Odessa American
October 24, 2021

The Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference (PBWIEC) returns February 22 – 24, 2022. It promises another far-reaching and educational discussion of the role water plays in oil and gas production and the challenges associated with it. COVID-19 took away a year, but we are back and better than ever!

Water touches us all; we use it every day, and it’s essential for human life. Water is also an integral part of oil and gas production, which produces the energy we need and use every day. The use of water in the energy industry is highly visible because it’s used in what most of us consider very large quantities in a very short time, whereas other heavy users of water, primarily agriculture (a very, very large consumer of fresh water) spread their use out over longer periods. We see an irrigation pivot and don’t think too much about how many gallons of water are being sprayed on a green crop, but we see a frac rig set up on a well and many of us think in terms of millions of barrels being consumed in the process.

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Water in energy takes center stage at UTPB conference

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
October 23, 2021

The Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference (PBWIEC) returns Feb. 22-24, 2022. It promises another far-reaching and educational discussion of the role water plays in oil and gas production and the challenges associated with it. COVID-19 took away a year, but we are back and better than ever.

Water touches us all; we use it every day, and it’s essential for human life. Water is also an integral part of oil and gas production, which produces the energy we need and use every day. The use of water in the energy industry is highly visible because it’s used in what most of us consider very large quantities in a very short time, whereas other heavy users of water, primarily agriculture (a very, very large consumer of fresh water) spread their use out over longer periods. We see an irrigation pivot and don’t think too much about how many gallons of water are being sprayed on a green crop, but we see a frac rig set up on a well and many of us think in terms of millions of barrels being consumed in the process.

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Jury out on earthquake remedies

By Odessa American
October 19, 2021

It appears that most, if not all, of a half-dozen oil companies will comply with the Texas Railroad Commission’s request to reduce their saltwater injections into disposal wells and thereby mitigate the increasing problem of earthquakes around the Permian Basin. But it may be a year before the quakes subside, that is if the reductions work.

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Letters to the Editor: Railroad Commission makes right call for Midland-Odessa

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
October 9, 2021

I am reading over the new voluntary guidelines formulated due to the seismic events happening in the city limits of both Midland and Odessa that were just published by the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC).

I am proud of the RRC for offering this temporary solution to see if by limiting new disposal wells to come on in those areas and reducing the maximum volumes in each well to 10,000 barrels per day, we will see, like Oklahoma did, a quick end to the earthquakes that are happening in our towns. This isn’t an economic problem for our oil and gas industry, it is now a safety issue and the RRC stepped up to address it head on. I have been incredibly impressed with the RRC staff and their ability to map the faults and disposal volumes and then mate those up to the exact areas where these quakes have been emanating from.

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Curtailing injection volumes could have wide-ranging impact

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
October 2, 2021

Turning down the injection volumes on 76 disposal wells could have a ripple effect that could last several years.

B3 Insight estimates that the request by the Railroad Commission for 25operators of 76 disposal wells in the Midland Basin to reduce daily injection volumes to 10,000 barrels per day could slash permtted disposal capacity in the affected wells by 55 percent. This volume reduction accounts for over 900,000 barrels a day of permitted capacity. The agency also requested operators submit daily injection pressures and volumes by the 15th of each month, provide historical volume and pressure data dating back to Nov. 1, 2019, and prevents already-permitted wells not actively in service from beginning or resuming injections.

The move will affect a lot of stakeholders, from producers to landowners to royalty owners, said Kelly Bennett, chief executive officer of B3 Insights.

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SEEKING ITS OWN LEVEL

By Permian Basin Oil & Gas Magazine
October 1, 2021

Oil and water don’t mix – except when they make magic happen in oil country. The business of water is nowhere bigger than it is in the Permian Basin. That fact is borne out daily in Basin operations. Now, the resumption of a major water conference highlights the main factors at paly in water’s rising tide.

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RRC tells Midland operators to reduce saltwater injections

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
September 24, 2021

The Texas Railroad Commission has sent notices to the operators of 76 disposal wells near Midland requesting that they reduce their daily injection volumes, according to a press release sent Friday.

The operators will also be required to provide injection data that will allow the RRC staff to further analyze the area’s seismicity.

The decision by the RRC came after six earthquakes greater than 3.5 magnitude were recorded in the Midland Basin over the last year and a half, including a 3.7-magnitude earthquake 8 miles northwest of Midland on Sept. 7.

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PERMIAN BASIN WATER IN ENERGY CONFERENCE

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
August 17, 2021

On Monday, the University of Texas Permian Basin and industry officials announced the 2022 dates for the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference.

The Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference, which will take place Feb. 22-24 in Midland, connects industry leaders and researchers, sharing best practices and cutting-edge approaches to some of the oil and gas industry’s most pressing issues, according to event officials.

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WATER IN ENERGY CONFERENCE PLANS ANNOUNCED

By Odessa American
August 16, 2021

Changes are in store for the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference coming Feb. 22-23, 2022.

During a news conference Monday at the Petroleum Club in Midland, officials said the event is being brought under the umbrella of the University of Texas Permian Basin and the conference will be cut from three days to two.

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Final Report: Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management

By The US Environmental Protection Agency
May 2020

EPA has completed a stakeholder engagement effort that sought input on how the Agency, states, tribes and stakeholders regulate and manage wastewater from the oil and gas industry.

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Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference Approaching, Student Benefits from Scholarship

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
February 2020

The conference, which was founded in conjunction with UT Permian Basin, brings in people from around the world who want to learn more about the role water plays in the energy industry.

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Fundamentals of Produced Water Treatment in the Oil and Gas Industry

By The Water Environment Federation
April 25, 2019

Upstream O&G Subcommittee of Industrial Wastewater Committee (IWWC), WEF with Produced Water Society (PWS)

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Water in the Oil and Gas Industry: An overview of the many roles of water in oil and gas operations

By The American Geosciences Institute
June 1, 2018

The oil and gas industry consumes and produces water. Water is used to drill and hydraulically fracture (“frack”) wells, refine and process oil and gas, and produce electricity in some natural gas power plants. Water is also naturally present in the rocks that contain oil and gas and is extracted along with the oil and gas as “produced water”, sometimes in large quantities. The quantity and quality of water used, produced, and disposed of or re-used varies enormously depending on local geology, financial constraints, and regulations, with implications for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production.

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Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
January 25, 2018

The University of Texas Permian Basin is proud to welcome attendees to the inaugural Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference February 20th – 23rd at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena. This exciting new Water in Energy Conference is being held in the heart of the Permian Basin in both Odessa and Midland.

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