Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Water you doing on July 29? In Pittsburgh on that fine day E&P operators, water transfer folks, midstreamers, service people and analysts will gather to talk about Marcellus / Utica water management at the Westin (event link).

Confirmed E&P speakers include reps from: EQT, Southwestern, Range Resources, Repsol, Gulfport Energy, Chesapeake, and Diversified Gas & Oil with more on the way. The vendor and analyst communities will be well represented as well.

In addition to strong E&P support, we are also pleased with strong early turnout on sponsorships. Thank you Gemini Shale Solutions, Keystone Clearwater Solutions, Energy Water Solutions, CORE Linepipe, DHI, CDX Energy Services, and CSR Services. Media partners include Marcellus Drilling News and Shale Directories. This conference, our first event in Appalachia, is really coming together nicely and we hope you can join us if you are interested in this regional shale water market!

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Here is this week’s industry news…


News Digest

Diamondback Takes Back Rattler Midstream

Diamondback announced they are acquiring all the outstanding public stock of Rattler. Recall that Rattler Midstream was spun off into an IPO just a few years ago in 2019. We wonder about the implications for third-party water midstream here after the E&P decides to take midstream back in house... Diamondback's CEO cites simplicity and scale as reasons to bring Rattler back into the fold after it's brief stint of independence

Diversified Energy Buys Second Well-Plugging Co. – Based in OH

Diversified Energy is growing again. In February Diversified bought out and merged in well-plugging company Next LVL Energy, headquartered in the Pittsburgh area (see Diversified Energy Buys Well-Plugging Co. NextLVL Energy). Yesterday Diversified announced it is buying a second well-plugging company, Nick’s Well Plugging LLC, based in Warren, Ohio...

West Texas rancher pours $2 million into Sarah Stogner’s underdog campaign for statewide oil and gas board seat

Ashley Watt, who owns a 75,000-acre ranch in the Permian Basin, is helping bankroll a substantial TV ad buy in the final two weeks before Stogner faces the Railroad Commission’s chair, Wayne Christian, in the runoff.

NMPWRC Mid-Year Meeting A Success

New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium's Mid-Year meeting was engaging and insightful...

April 2022 Reflects a 23% Increase for New Saltwater Disposal Wells in the Permian

Sourcenergy reports a 23.4% increase in overall total number of public notices of intent to drill new SWD wells in the Permian Basin for the month of April 2022 vs March 2022. April data shows 58 vs 47 in March 2022.

Oil Services Firm ProFrac Gains Little in Debut After IPO Misses

Shares of oil services firm ProFrac Holding Corp. gained only 11 cents in their trading debut after its $288 million initial public offering showed the continuing weakness of the US market.

WATER TALENT POOL: Chesapeake Hiring Facilities Engineer

Opportunity on the infrastructure services team in Oklahoma City...

WATER TALENT POOL: Orion Looking For Water Treatment Operator

Here's the position...

Why Oilfield Water Services Companies Should Automate

Oil and gas producers seeking capital to ramp up drilling programs in the absence of free cash will need to score well on critical ESG metrics to get access to the best funds. Behind greenhouse gas emissions, water use is the penultimate measure of an oil & gas producer’s sustainability, and it’s certainly jostling for first.

U.S. oil pipeline operators gear up for higher shale output

The volume of crude oil flowing on pipelines from the top U.S. shale field to export hubs on the U.S. Gulf Coast could surge to pre-pandemic levels by October, analysts said, signaling the end of desperate days for some Texas oil pipeline operators.

Permian Basin Operators “Kicking Into High Gear” With Record Number of Drilling Permits

Producers in the biggest US oil basin have signaled that they intend to seize on $100/bbl oil prices.

Marcellus reservoirs could be ‘substantial source of lithium’

University of Houston researcher lays out potential of petroleum-based rock brines as new lithium source. This will be a topic of discussion at the July Marcellus Water Business Update Conference...

Using Nutrient vs. Live Microbes [JGL Solutions Blog]

We receive this question sometimes from prospective clients. They may have been told by another company that nutrients are the same as our carefully selected microbes—after all, if you feed them good "microbe food," they grow, right? And they produce biosurfactants right?

MARCELLUS WATER EVENT BUZZ: Gulfport Energy Looking Forward To It!

"Looking forward to being part of the discussion!" writes Jayson Weigand of Gulfport Energy.

MARCELLUS WATER EVENT BUZZ: Chesapeake Excited For A Premier Water Conference In The Area!

"Looking forward to a premier conference coming to the area to bring added value, innovation and collaboration to the fluid management space in the Marcellus!" writes Darin Chaffee of Chesapeake.

MARCELLUS WATER EVENT BUZZ: DHI Energy Services Looking Forward To It!

"DHI Energy Service is proud to be a sponsor of this event in our Appalachia market. Looking forward to discussing all aspects of water management," writes Jimmy Mickney

Wolf Tours Pennsylvania’s Bid for a Low-Carbon Hydrogen Hub that Relies on Fossil Fuels

Pennsylvania officials want to bring more energy and manufacturing jobs to the state by building a Clean Hydrogen Hub in the region.

Introducing David Crowe, Principal Process Engineer at Alderley

The interviewer recently caught up with David Crowe, recently-appointed Principal Process Engineer to discuss Produced Water Treatment – what is it, why it’s important and the future for PWT within the energy transition, utilising new technologies and solutions.

Drilling Chert Was A Big Issue In NM on Devonian SWDs

Anyone have and recommendations for drilling chert in a 6-1/8” hole size? Looking for the latest and greatest bit/bha combo... chert was a big issue in NM on those Devonian swd's

B3's Water Wednesday

Since 2017, Permian Basin produced water production has increased by almost 100% to around 5 billion barrels of water per year in 2021.

New Mexico could make billions more from oil and gas with higher royalty rate, study says

About $6.1 billion in revenue from oil and gas operations on federal land was lost by New Mexico in the last decade under a royalty rate unchanged since 1920, per a recent study.

University of Wyoming’s Maohong Fan Awarded Carell Family Energy and Petroleum Professorship

Fan’s research interests include catalysis and membrane separation of liquids; new materials used for conventional and unconventional energy production; value-added products made from coal; renewable energy; chemical and energy generation; computational chemistry; air pollution; produced water; and water quality.

NM Produced Water Research Consortium to host public information sessions in Hobbs

The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium will host three public education information sessions on the status of current research and development on the fit-for-purpose treatment and reuse of oil and gas produced water Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 in Hobbs, News Mexico. New Mexico State University is leading the work in partnership with the New Mexico Environment Department.

Tallgrass to Capture and Sequester CO2 Emissions From ADM Corn Processing Complex in Nebraska

Sequestration agreement will decarbonize biofuel production in Nebraska, lay foundation for regional CO2 pipeline network and sequestration hub

Experts: LNG market growth enormous

The LNG scenario is a complex and extremely high-dollar one, but natural gas is selling for five times its U.S. price in the key markets of India, China, South Korea, Japan and the European Union.

NWS Midland: Most of Permian Basin in exceptional drought, the 'worst' category

On Thursday, NWS Midland provided an update on the ongoing drought in the region, stating that virtually all (90%) of the area is "now in at least extreme drought," adding that "most" of the Permian Basin and areas situated south of I-10 are experiencing an "exceptional drought," which is the "worst" drought category listed.

Further approval of waste water reinjection at Horse Hill oil well

The industry regulator has approved the use of an oil well at Horse Hill in Surrey for disposal of waste water, the site’s parent company announced today.

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