Oilfield Water Weekly

Management team shakeups, seismic crackdowns, startups, recruitment, oil panic selling. I hope you got some rest over Thanksgiving because oilfield water news flow is heating up. Before getting to all of this week’s industry headlines, there is some exciting speaker news to share about our March 2022 conference.

We are pleased to announce that Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian will take the stage at our next event to address induced seismicity regulation. His Policy Keynote address will be a must listen following the unprecedented steps that his team at the Commission is taking to address water disposal capacity in active seismic zones. And the only way to hear it is to be in the room in DFW on March 10-11, 2022!

Registration for the 2nd Annual Oilfield Water Markets Conference is open here. The draft agenda will be posted in next week or two. This will be the biggest produced water business event of 1Q22 and everyone will be there from your customers to your peers – space is limited, don’t miss it!

Special thanks to these early bird sponsors who have already committed to be a big part of the event:

  • B3 Insight at the Platinum level,
  • CDX Energy Services, Hydra-Cell, and Carbonet at the Gold level,
  • Microfinish Valves, Enhanced Energetics, and Bubble Tubing at the Silver level,
  • Enhanced Energetics as WiFi sponsor,
  • Kirkland & Ellis at Bronze

And now this week’s news…

News Digest

TX RRC Chairman To Share Views On The Seismicity Regulatory Response During March 2022 Oilfield Water Markets Conference

Chairman Christian will provide color on the RRC’s new water injection regulatory response to Permian seismicity during his Policy Keynote Talk at the conference on March 10, 2022.

AP: New Mexico oil regulators aim to limit seismic activity

New Mexico oil and gas regulators are watching closely as increased seismic activity is being reported in the Permian Basin along the Texas state line. In addition to 16 existing injection wells, the division currently has 72 pending applications for disposal wells within 10 miles of the area of concern.

US News & World Report: Risk of Quakes Caused by Oil, Gas in New Mexico Rising

Multiple earthquakes were felt earlier this fall in West Texas, leading regulators in that state to designate a seismic response area and call for less wastewater from oil and gas development to be injected in disposal wells.


The cumulative permitted disposal capacity for the thousands of actively injecting wells in the TX Permian is estimated to be just over 51 million bpd. However, the operational capacity is only around 31 million bpd, a massive 40% less than permitted capacity. Operational capacity is also about 40% less than permitted capacity in both the Midland and Delaware Basins. This paints a picture of a Permian Basin less able to dispose of its water.

2022 CONFERENCE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CDX Energy Services (Gold Sponsor)

CDX Energy Services offers a broad range of chemicals and services to help maintain optimal operations, meet industry requirements and reduce overall cost. We have product lines for oilfield, SWD, wastewater, agriculture and industrial. We strive to find environmentally conscious, innovative solutions for a changing world.

WATER TALENT POOL: Oilfield Water Logistics Announces Change in Management

OWL welcomes Todd Abbott, a seasoned professional in the energy industry with over 25 years of experience, to the board and management team as Executive Chair, and appoints Nick Hines as President and Chief Operating Officer.

WATER TALENT POOL: New OWL Management Structure Listed On Website

This page worth a look given the changes mentioned above...

WATER TALENT POOL: Duane Germenis Launches New Company

Duane writes: "After 30 years of honing my skills as a Water Treatment and Oil in Water Analyzer specialist, now is the time for me to break out on my own with my new company, INTELLIGENT WATER SOLUTIONS. The company’s focus is on technical sales, market research and marketing services within the Upstream and Downstream Oil and Gas markets."

WATER TALENT POOL: John Coyle At Marathon Hiring

Check out this job at Marathon Oil Corporation: Material Controller in Carlsbad NM.

WATER TALENT POOL: Brian Bohm At Apache Hiring

Sustainability specialist needed...

Milestone President and CEO Elected to TXOGA Board of Directors

Milestone Environmental Services, LLC (“Milestone”), one of the largest independent providers of energy waste sequestration services in the U.S., announces the election of President and CEO Gabriel Rio to the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) Board of Directors on November 3, 2021.

WATER TALENT POOL: Aris Water Solutions Appoints Adrian Milton as General Counsel

Adrian Milton appointed as General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary.

WATER TALENT POOL: OWL Contractor Opening

OWL is currently looking to bring on another contractor to their water reuse team in the Midland area...

WATER TALENT POOL: Streamline Innovations Hiring In Permian

Streamline Innovations, Inc provides environmentally focused, cost effective, patented treatment solutions for treating hydrogen sulfide in natural gas and in produced water for stimulation.

WATER TALENT POOL: Wood Opening In PW - It Is Abroad Though, Not Shale

Wood is currently recruiting for Produced Water - Technical Advisor on a 4x4 rotational basis for one of our projects located in Iraq.

Oil rebounds after rout as traders size up threat from Omicron

Oil rebounded from one of its biggest ever daily drops as traders assessed the risks to global demand from the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the potential response by OPEC and its allies.

'The time is now': New Mexico taking action on oil and gas-induced earthquakes

A growing threat of earthquakes in southeast New Mexico prompted the State to take action by upping its seismic monitoring and calling for oil and gas operators to curb the amount of produced water disposed of underground.

New Mexico lawmakers pressed to make water a priority

With a legal battle over management of the Rio Grande before the U.S. Supreme Court and more hot and dry weather in the forecast, New Mexico’s top water official said Wednesday that lawmakers have to provide enough funding to protect one of New Mexico’s most precious commodities.

FREE SWD Permit for development in Howard County, TX.

18 acres of surface available for lease on Hwy 176 just West of Big Spring. The property has water wells and storage pond plus an SWD permit which is approved for 30k Bbls/day. This is an excellent location for a saltwater disposal well to be developed. If someone will lease the property and drill/build the SWD, there is no charge for the permit.

Lawsuits Launched Over Denial, Delay of Federal Protections to 10 Species

The Center for Biological Diversity filed two formal notices of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for denying or delaying Endangered Species Act protections for 10 species including the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Seismic Response Areas (SRAs) enter the picture

Mark Patton writes: "SRAs require a more complex solution that will integrate multiple outlets for produced water, starting with disposal wells, followed by recycling and then supplemented by improved evaporation technologies or other options."

U.S. natural gas sinks, on track for worst month in three years

U.S. natural gas futures slid Tuesday to the lowest level in nearly three months as warmer-than-expected winter forecasts sent prices tumbling.

SRA Hit Recovery....

If new permits are approved, an E&P operator could recover a total of 192,000 bpd of permitted capacity, which goes a long way towards their loss of 395,000 bpd of permitted capacity in the recently issued SRA.

CORE Linepipe Working on Produced Water Pipeline in Colorado

CORE Linepipe is currently working on a project in Parachute, Colorado. A pleasure to be working with the Celayeta's (Jeremy Celayeta & Brian Celayeta) and team from TLC Pipeline Construction, Inc.

In Pennsylvania, Use of Oil and Gas Waste Water on Dirt Roads Kicks Up Dust

The debate over whether to again allow briny waste water pumped from conventional oil and gas wells to be spread on Pennsylvania’s dirt roads has become as salty and charged as the material itself.

Truck Drivers Say Oilfield Company Shirked OT Obligations

Truck drivers for a New Mexico trucking company say they never saw a dime of overtime pay at the proper rate despite working more than 40 hours during a seven-day workweek,...

Federal Circuit Upholds Award of Attorneys’ Fees in Fracking Case

The Federal Circuit has upheld an award of attorneys’ fees against a party that tried to enforce a patent found to be invalid. The case of ENERGY…

Bengal Energy Announces Cuisinier Oil Field Water Injection Program Commencement

Bengal Energy Ltd. (TSX: BNG) ("Bengal" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the Cuisinier Oil Field Water Injection Pilot Program commenced sustained water injection on November 12, 2021.


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