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Select Energy Services Acquires Nuverra Environmental Solutions & HP Rentals

Select has entered into an agreement to acquire Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. for total consideration of approximately $45 million, including the assumption of approximately $20 million of long-term debt, net of cash. Additionally, Select closed the acquisition of the U.S. onshore rentals and accommodations operations of HB Rentals, L.C., a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, Inc.

Earthquakes linked to drilling are messing with Texas

The oil and gas industry — which dominates the West Texas economy — is causing the shaking, scientists say. Specifically, the quakes are linked to injecting underground the billions of gallons of wastewater that come up from wells in the drilling zone known as the Permian Basin.

New Mexico Responds to Increased Seismic Activity

Laura Capper breaks down the new framework from NMOCD in response to increased seismic activity believed to be related to UIC Class II injection wells throughout New Mexico.

Marcellus: State Board Approves Key Permit On Mountain Valley Pipeline

At a Tuesday meeting, the State Water Control Board approved a permit that will allow controversial construction to proceed on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile natural gas project across the Appalachians. The proposed pipeline runs through large portions of West Virginia and Virginia’s Appalachian counties...

So Much For 4Q Seasonality Says The US Rig Count

If the current US onshore rig count trend continues, then 4Q21 drilling activity is on pace to be up about 13% q/q. This would make it the 3rd best 4Q on a percentage change basis in the past 7 years.

2022 CONFERENCE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Bubble Tubing (Silver Sponsor)

Bubble Tubing® specializes in aeration for 20 years using their innovative technology. The Bubble Tubing® aeration systems offer some of the highest oxygen transfer ever tested and therefore is an ideal solution to treat produced water in frac ponds. ISO 9001:2015 certified since 2019, the Bubble tubing® team of professionals strives to find solutions to optimize good practices in water management. Already implanted in the Oil/Gas industry, their aeration systems are installed and treating frac ponds at the moment.

Researchers Find Evidence That Fracking Can Trigger an All-New Type of Earthquake

Oil and gas extraction can trigger small, slow-moving, longer-lasting earthquake tremors, which scientists have documented in Canadian fracking fields for the first time.

Produced Water Management: Embracing Scalable, Innovative Solutions in North America

Produced water management has evolved significantly over the past decade, especially in the U.S. where shale water volume continues to grow.

A Singular Source for Frac-Water in the Permian Basin

Once considered in decline, the Permian Basin owes its current production boom to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, and especially to the continued enhancement of these techniques over the past few years. Below are some frequently asked questions from Permian customers relating to sourcing water.

Will E&P Operators Pay ESG Premiums In OFS? We Asked, And Here’s What They Said… [Chart Of The Day]

The majority of the broader oilfield market thinks that E&Ps will pay for ESG, but most believe that the ESG solution must also lower the customers cost to get a premium. But what did the customers themselves say.

Crystal Clean Expands Technical And Field Services Capabilities With Acquisition Of AET Environmental

Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC (Crystal Clean), a leading provider of parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily focused on small and mid-sized customers, acquired AET Environmental, based in Denver, CO.

OFS Firm Flags March 10-11 Water Conference!

It's hugely important to multi-stage fracking. This upcoming conference on oilfield water caught our eye. Thought we'd re-post!

Water Midstream: A Rapidly Growing Sector Undergoing Seismic Change

The increased volumes of produced water created the need for an entirely new class of infrastructure focusing on water pipelines, recycling facilities and disposal solutions.

Permian Crude Output To Rise To Record In December

Crude production in the Permian Basin is expected to surpass a pre-pandemic high this month as a rebound in the U.S. shale industry fuels activity in its most prolific patch.

Permian Gas Production Growth Spurs Still More Infrastructure Projects

In early December, natural gas production in the Permian has been averaging a record 14.2 Bcf/d, a gain of 1 Bcf/d in only six months.

The Dead Sea of West Texas

A Pecos County well has leaked noxious salt water for almost two decades. No one is taking responsibility for getting it cleaned up.

Tetra Technologies: In Oilfield ESG Sweet Spot

Analyst breaks down Tetra stock...

WATER TALENT POOL: Milestone Adding CCS Business Analyst

Milestone's CCS development activity is accelerating and they need talented, entrepreneurial folks to join us in building the future of the energy industry.

Has The EIA Massively Overestimated The Potential Of U.S. Shale?

A new report from Earth Scientist David Hughes seriously undermines rosy long-term forecasts made by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) for U.S. oil and natural gas from shale deposits.

Top producer EQT backs U.S. natural gas exports, calls Warren's criticism "misguided'

"LNG exports have the potential to be the biggest green initiative on the planet," Chief Executive Toby Rice said on Tuesday as it could replace dirtier fuels like coal.

Plans and Indicators to Drill New SWDs Down 36% in November 2021

Sourcenergy reports a drop of 36% in the number of public notices of intent to drill new SWD wells in the Permian Basin for the month of November 2021 vs October 2021. November totals come in at 41 vs 64 in October.

Gauging E&P Urgency Headed Into 2022 Around 22 Key Shale Themes

Over the past couple of years, the focus on various buzzwords / topics has ebbed and flowed in E&P land. Here are the latest trends on things like parent/child wells, ESG, takeaway capacity, and growth...

Democrats among lawmakers asking Biden not to ban oil exports

The Biden administration shouldn’t ban the export of crude oil, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers said in a letter to Biden.

Pipeline operator sentenced for criminal charges tied to 29 million gallon oil spill

Two court cases stemming from the largest oil field spill in North Dakota history have wrapped up with the sentencing this week of a pipeline company that pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

Thousands of gallons of oil by-product spilled in ND

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is investigating a produced water spill north of Williston.

Of Interest: UAEU and Akita University, Japan are developing a new technology for Ceramic Membrane-based Produced Water Treatment

To promote environmental sustainability in the oil, gas, water and environment sectors

On the Importance of Water

Water access, utilization and volumes have been flashpoints for wars, court battles and family feuds. Myriad industrial, commercial and residential applications employ water as a universal solvent in any of its phases: solid, liquid and gas. And as humans, we cannot discount water’s vaunted role as the essence of life.

Seneca Resources' Water Management Group To Recover Minerals From PW

Highland Field Services, Seneca Resources' water management subsidiary, has received a critical component of its Seven Mile Minerals Facility. The facility, located in McKean County, Pennsylvania, will recover minerals and other beneficial use products from produced fluid. A 115-ton evaporator arrived at the facility by train. It will turn produced fluid into clean steam and create water for reuse during operations - reducing the impact on natural water resources by minimizing the need for freshwater.

Mountain Valley Pipeline clears water-quality board in Virginia

The water application approved by the Virginia board on Tuesday includes 428 surface water impact locations, including 315 that would temporarily impact streams as well as two permanent impacts on streams and other temporary and permanent wetland impacts, according to the application.

NESR and HSBC Announce First Sustainability-Linked Loan for MENA's Oilfield Services Industry

NESR has set ambitious targets to reduce water waste, which incorporates both water stewardship in traditional OFS product lines and in water treatment projects within the newly formed ESG Impact segment. Now they've also secured a sustainability-linked loan ("SLL") with HSBC Bank Middle East - the first SLL of its kind within the MENA Oilfield Services ("OFS") sector.

KMX Enhances Intellectual Property Portfolio and Operational Efficiency

KMX Technologies announced the expansion of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, and operational enhancements from its recently introduced Generation III technology.


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