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One man’s vision turned into major produced water conference

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
March 12, 2022

Several hundred people flocked to the Midland Horseshoe last month to examine the myriad issues around water and the energy industry’s use of the resource.

The Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference attracts speakers and attendees from industry, academia and government, but it is the brainchild of one man who was startled to realize his grandchildren might not have access to fresh water if they continued to live in Midland.

“I was at a 2017 Chamber of Commerce meeting and some of the top producers were talking about drilling 25,000 wells over the next five years,” recalled Jim Woodcock, who served as chairman of the conference. “With that number of wells and all the water used to drill and complete them, and on top of that all the agricultural use. That all comes from the same aquifer.”

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World is watching how Permian handles water, other issues
Region could serve as model for other areas

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
March 4, 2022

As Permian Basin producers coax oil and natural gas out of the Earth, they also face the challenge of managing the water that follows, as well as other impacts on the ground.

“There’s a magnifying glass on you by the world,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

Addressing the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference, Staples told the audience, “The world is watching what you do and how you address seismicity and water management.”

There has been a lot of disinformation about how the industry operates, he continued, which is why conferences such as the Water in Energy Conference are so important. It’s important to tell of the positive things the industry is doing, he said.

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Using produced water outside oilpatch requires data, education
Rising volumes requires broader market

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
March 4, 2022

Permian Basin producers face a significant challenge in managing the water that is produced alongside their crude oil and natural gas.

To manage those volumes, producers are increasingly turning to recycling and reusing that water. But, as water managers point out, the more recycled water is used, the more water is produced alongside increased volumes of crude and natural gas. That is why uses outside the oil patch are being sought.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Water conference was a huge success

By Odessa American
February 27, 2022

I just attended the 2022 Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference hosted by The Shepperd Institute/UTPB. As someone who knows absolutely nothing about the oil and gas industry, I was astounded by the amount of water that is produced and utilized in the production of fossil fuels and the need to recycle and/or dispose of the waste water.

The genius and dedication of the professionals in the field to produce safely the cleanest fossil fuel in the world is something that should be celebrated instead of being denigrated. There is no question that climate change is real but at the same time so is the need for more energy production than can be produced strictly by green energy.

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Collaboration, transparency seen as key to water management

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 26, 2022

As the fourth edition of the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference – cancelled last year because of the pandemic – got underway, two words seemed to dominate: Collaboration and transparency.

More than 400 registered participants gathered at the Horseshoe to hear presentations from more than two dozen speakers and panelists from across the region, state and surrounding states over two days. It was clear from the opening session that those responsible for managing the Permian’s produced water – whether oil and gas producers or water midstream companies – would have to adapt to growing concerns about induced seismicity and regulatory action designed to address the issue.

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Christi Craddick: Water is as important to RRC as oil, gas

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 25, 2022

Jim Woodcock, Founder and Board Chair of the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference speaks with Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick during the Permian Basin Water in Energy conference dinner banquet February 23, 2022 at the Petroleum Club in Midland. The two day conference featured more than two dozen speakers and 400 registered participants. Photo Credit: The Oilfield Photographer, Inc.The Oilfield Photographer Inc./The Oilfield Photographer, Inc.
Texas’ Railroad Commission has overseen the state’s oil and gas – and pipeline and mining – operations for well over a century.

But as Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick reminded attendees at the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference’s Keynote Dinner on Wednesday, the definition of oil and gas is broader than might be believed.

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Ukraine illustrates impact Permian energy could have

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 24, 2022

If there was any question about the impact the resurgence of Permian Basin energy has or could have globally, current events between Ukraine and Russia offer an answer.

“Look at Ukraine now,” said Economist Ray Perryman at the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference just hours before Russia launched its invasion of the country.

“Think about what could happen 10 years from now,” he continued. “If, in 10 years we get to the scale of liquefied natural gas exports, to take natural gas from here to the Gulf, liquefy it and ship it to Europe, to provide enough to power Europe through winter. How much power does Russia then have? They control the natural gas that cools and heats western Europe. Take that power away and you take away an enormous geopolitical risk.”

The Permian Basin has been gifted with resources “like no other place” and has the intellectual capital, supply chain and infrastructure to support energy, whether it’s oil and gas, wind or solar, he said.

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Speakers detail research, data gathering involved in addressing seismicity

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 24, 2022

Seismic events have rattled the Permian Basin, beginning with a rash of quakes in Culberson and Reeves counties and heading northeast to the Midland-Odessa area.

According to Earthquake.com, more than 255 have been reported in the area around Midland since last February. Seismicity around Midland-Odessa have been growing not only in frequency but in intensity. In late December, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported north of Stanton.

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Ukraine comes up on conference sidelines

By Odessa American
February 24, 2022

With more than two dozen speakers and panelists from across the world, the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference wrapped up Thursday at the Midland County Horseshoe and Pavilion.

There were about 450 registered participants and panel discussions on everything from produced water to environmental, social and governance issues to seismic activity. The number of participants was more than Founder Jim Woodcock was expecting with COVID.

Woodcock said there were people from Japan, Finland and around the U.S.

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State senator continues focus on water issues

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 23, 2022

Sen. Perry seeks to have produced water help meet state’s water supply needs

Water concerns have flowed through state Sen. Charles Perry’s legislative career.

In his luncheon keynote address at the first day of the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference, the Republican from Lubbock detailed his recent water-focused efforts in the Texas Legislature. In last year’s session, he reported, he worked to defeat some initiatives that he said were disguised as private property rights while also seeking to address the state’s water supply.

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Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference kicks off

By NewsWest 9
February 23, 2022

The Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference has kicked off in Midland County.

The conference runs Feb. 22-24 at the Midland County Horseshoe.

This conference is a program of UTPB and works to connect industry leaders and experts to help work towards new and better ways to use water in the oil and gas industry.

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Water in Energy conference returns after COVID-induced hiatus

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 5, 2022

After a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference will return to an in-person event Feb. 23-24 at the Horseshoe.

There have been some changes during that time off, primarily shortening the conference from three days to two days, said Jim Woodcock, founder of the conference and chair of the University of Texas Permian Basin College of Business Advisory Council. The conference is a program of the university and the university’s Shepperd Leadership Institute is home to the conference, allowing UTPB students to benefit from conference proceeds.

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GUEST VIEW: Water In Energy Conference grows our workforce

By Odessa American Guest View
January 30, 2022

The 2022 Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference (PBWIEC) is almost here! After more than a year of planning and preparing, the fourth edition of the PBWIEC will spring to life February 23 and 24, 2022, at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena. I’m looking forward to this important event as a faculty member of The University of Texas Permian Basin, a PBWIEC Executive Board member, and an original volunteer.

The central focus of the conference is water and its use throughout the oil and gas production process. That topic alone is paramount right now in the energy industry. Yet, the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference is even bigger than that focus, as it also helps bolster our future energy workforce, by providing opportunity to UT Permian Basin students.

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Opinion: Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference grows our workforce

By Midland Reporter-Telegram
January 29, 2022

The 2022 Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference (PBWIEC) is almost here. After more than a year of planning and preparing, the fourth edition of the PBWIEC will spring to life Feb. 23 and 24 at the Horseshoe complex. I’m looking forward to this important event as a faculty member of The University of Texas Permian Basin, a PBWIEC Executive Board member and an original volunteer.

The central focus of the conference is water and its use throughout the oil and gas production process. That topic alone is paramount right now in the energy industry. Yet, the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference is even bigger than that focus, as it also helps bolster our future energy workforce, by providing opportunity to UT Permian Basin students.

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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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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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OPINION: 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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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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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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OPINION: 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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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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PERMIAN BASIN WATER IN ENERGY CONFERENCE 2022 dates announced

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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2022 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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2020 3rd Annual Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
February 17, 2020

The 3rd Annual Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference will take place this week. More than 600 people are expected to attend the conference this year, which draws in attendees from around the world.

“During this conference, UT Permian Basin is proud to partner with experts and leaders who are willing to share what they’ve learned as we all discuss “what’s next” for water in energy. Our plan at UT Permian Basin is to be responsive to the needs of our community and have a significant impact. This water conference is a great example of that commitment,” UT Permian Basin President, Dr. Sandra Woodley said.

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2020 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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2019 Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference Invests in UTPB

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
April 19, 2019

The Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference has made a significant investment in The University of Texas Permian Basin after its second annual conference. The PBWIEC Advisory Board has gifted the University a generous $100,000 to be used to further the University’s mission.

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2019 Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference Kicks Off This Week

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
February 13, 2019

The Permian Basin is one of the most important places on Earth—and this is no overstatement. The Texas Tribune reports that the U.S. just surpassed Russia as the world’s top oil producer. The paper states that oil from our area will account for 80 percent of the growth in global supply over the next seven years.

The success of our region hinges on one vital resource: water. Industry leaders will talk all things H20 at the upcoming Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference. Experts will take a look at the latest research on water and energy issues that could affect the regional economy.

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2018 PBWIEC donates scholarship

By The University of Texas Permian Basin
June 15, 2018

Four months after the inaugural Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is still reaping the benefits. The PBWIEC Advisory Board has gifted the University with a very generous $10,000 scholarship, creating opportunities for more students to pursue their dream of higher education.

The PBWIEC, which was co-sponsored by UT Permian Basin and the advisory board, featured experts from across the country representing all aspects of the oil and gas industry. The goal: to connect business leaders, policymakers, researchers and academic leaders to discuss best-practices and find solutions that support water usage in the energy industry. More than 450 people converged in Midland and Odessa to participate in this sold-out conference.

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2018 MARKS INAUGURAL 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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