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Quick update on our Marcellus-Utica Shale Water Business Update as it is only one month away now (July 29 in Pittsburgh).

One thing that’s really stood out to us in early registration is the HEAVY E&P participation in this event.  The E&P to vendor ratio is about one:one right now. We are very excited that attendees will have great access to the key water decision makers from all the region’s leading producers at the event.

Participation is limited so that folks don’t get lost in the crowd, and right now we are on pace to sell out in advance of the conference. E&Ps sending reps and or speakers (in some cases 3-4 folks from their teams!) include: Range Resources, EQT, Encino, Gulfport, Repsol, Coterra, Southwestern, Chesapeake, Antero, Seneca Resources, Diversified Energy, Beech Resources, and more… please don’t miss it if you care on northeastern water management and natural gas! Register here>

For all our Southwest water readers, please mark your calendars for October 5 at the Houstonian Hotel for the 4th Annual Oilfield Water Industry Update

Now, here is this week’s industry news & analysis…

News Digest

Goodnight Midstream Announces New Sustainability-Focused Initiatives

Goodnight's ongoing produced water operations will enable an estimated 750 MWh of solar energy annually to be sold back to the New Mexico power grid for use by other customers in the region.

UT Austin Study: Oil and Gas Activity Linked to Most Recent Earthquakes in West Texas

Since 2009, earthquakes have been rapidly rising in the Delaware Basin – a prolific oil-producing region in West Texas and New Mexico. According to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, the majority of them can be linked to oil and gas production.

NGI Coverage Of Quake Study: Most Permian Delaware Earthquakes Said Tied to Oil, Gas Activity

“This paper shows that we now know a lot about how oil and gas activities and seismic activity are connected,” said study co-author Alexandros Savvaidis, a researcher at the UT Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG).

Oilfield Water Community Stepping Up In Marcellus

Keystone Clearwater Solutions, a sponsor at our upcoming Marcellus conference is celebrating team members that were quick to lend a helping hand. Recently, three of their drivers, Trent, Dean, and Mike came upon the scene of a vehicle crash. They helped the driver as well as directed traffic. Along with two Appalachia Energy Partners employees, they received recognition from Chesapeake Energy Corporation for their part in assisting with the crash.

Webinar On July 27: Hot Topics in Oilfield Produced Water

Jackson Walker attorneys provide an overview of how the midstream water business is among the fastest-growing segments of the oil and gas industry. This webinar covers current legal topics affecting the industry segment, including title issues, seismic-restricted areas, and current regulations regarding recycling and reuse.

We’re in a historic drought. This Texan may have a solution

Oil baron’s descendant is working on technology to reclaim “produced water.”

WATER TALENT POOL: Duane Peter Germenis Joins Wolf Process

Duane Peter Germenis teams up with Wolf Process to offer the industry's next generation Sand Removal System, the Poly Vortex Fluidizing Unit (VFU) and the Octopus manifold.

Aris Water Solutions: Loving That Dirty Water

Aris Water Solutions has been growing their recycling business at a good clip. This will provide a stable revenue base tied to long-term contracts.

These Stock Analysts Are Having Too Much Fun With Water Words... Next Up: "ARIS Water Solutions: Splish-Splash, I Was Taking A Bath..."

Dave Messler writes: "Oil and Oil Service stocks have gotten cheaper, a lot cheaper. I've been going shopping in this sell-off."

B3 Insight announces completed pilot of Oilfield Water Stewardship Council WaterSage Certification

Chris George, Senior Vice President at Select Energy Services said, “at Select, we believe that the energy industry is in a unique position to drive enhanced water stewardship in the communities in which we operate and become a positive contributor to the water lifecycle long-term..."

Moody's changes WaterBridge's outlook to positive

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") changed WaterBridge Midstream Operating LLC's (WaterBridge) outlook to Positive

NM Governor appoints former state senator from Jal as new game commissioner

Fulfer runs Fulfer Oil and Cattle Co. in Jal and Delaware Water Co.

In Just One Month... Join The Top E&Ps At The Marcellus Water Conference

The top #naturalgas producers in the #marcellusshale and #uticashale plan to participate in the Marcellus-Utica Shale Water Business Update on 7/29 in Pittsburgh. Will you be joining them at this event? Registration is open here...

Officials react to EPA plan for Permian air quality designation

A notice from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding air quality and nonattainment issues in the Permian Basin drew swift reaction from elected officials and the oil and gas industry alike.

O’Melveny Advises Matador Resources Company in Acquisition of Summit Midstream Partners’ Lane Gathering and Processing System

O’Melveny advised publicly-traded Matador Resources Company, an independent energy company (NYSE: MTDR), in its agreement for one of its wholly owned subsidiaries to acquire Summit Midstream Permian, LLC, which owns the Lane Gathering and Processing System of publicly-traded Summit Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: SMLP), for US$75 million.

PA Enviro Left Fails to Block On-Site Water Recycling for Fracking

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a final regulation over the weekend–at the specific direction of the PA legislature–that allows shale drillers to operate temporary waste process facilities at shale pads and other locations.

Mountain Valley Pipeline asks for four-year extension of key permit

A pipeline being built by a Pittsburgh company is asking for a four-year extension for a key permit.

Recorded Session: Creating Value from Water with Integrated Water Management

This SPE Live event will discuss how an integrated approach can demonstrate the value of water, and change perspective to view produced water as a resource, rather than a waste stream.

Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Provide $25.5 Million for Water Efficiency Projects in Eight Western States

Investments will fund water efficiency and drought resilience projects in California, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

Two Stocks To Watch As The Oil Industry Battles A Water Crisis

“The oilfield water market is poised for a very interesting 2022. M&A activity, regulatory responses to induced seismicity, and rising produced water volumes across the US lower 48 states have all set the stage in 2021 for what will certainly be the most dynamic market conditions in a growing oilfield segment,” says Ryan Hassler, senior analyst with Rystad Energy.”

ProFrac Buying E-Fracker US Well Services for Estimated $230M

Last week USWS announced it is selling itself to ProFrac Holding Corp. in an all-stock transaction analysts value at $225-$230 million.

We are Seeing an Energy Expansion, Not an Energy Transition

We’ve written, a number of times, that fossil energy–natural gas in particular–is the destination, not a bridge to somewhere else. Here’s the truth of the matter: We need ALL forms of energy.

Massive Investment Coming to O&G on Scale “Never Witnessed Before”

According to James West, a senior managing director at Evercore ISI (investment bank), an era of heavy investment in “all of the above” energy from fossil fuels to renewables to carbon mitigation technologies is now unfolding.

Why Fracking Won’t Solve the Global Oil and Gas Squeeze

Now, with the world crying out for more oil and gas, American frackers are theoretically in a position to provide it. Instead, they are riding the brakes, having changed their business models to focus on generating profits for investors rather than increasing production.

Proposed Philly LNG Export Plant Looking for Real Estate to Build

Penn LNG is “mulling several spots between South Philadelphia and Marcus Hook” ...

U.S. oil and gas drillers add 13 rigs this week, but still can't tame recession fears

U.S. oil drillers added rigs for the third-straight week while the world's global crude supply -- suppressed by Russia's war against Ukraine -- continues to fall short of post-pandemic demand and drives up prices.

Rig Count Up Again, But Permian Leading Indicator Dips…

Looking at new O&G well permit demand in the Permian, we see another sign of “toppiness” as June marks the 3rd month in a row where permits submitted have declined.

Pennsylvania’s Gas Drilling Impact Fee Distribution Rises by $100 Million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) said on June 17 that 2021’s impact fees on natural gas producers were about $100 million higher than in 2020, due to higher gas prices and the addition of new wells.

Energy explores new way to harvest precious metals to help U.S. reserves

A clever idea to use magnetic nanoparticles to capture valuable materials from brine. Sounds arcane, but it’s blossomed into new projects that could help make the U.S. a producer, and not just a consumer, of critical minerals used in electronics and energy production.

UPDATE: Permian busted water main repaired; No boil water notice expected

UPDATE: According to the City of Odessa, work on the busted water main was completed at 1:30 p.m. 6/21/22

Getting A Better Handle On The Latest Novel, Niche Wet Sand Logistics Innovation

OVV's idea (deployed on one Permian simulfrac pad for the first time this year) is essentially to build thousands of tons of sand inventory on the pad in an open-air wet sand stockpile concept that looks similar to WIP piles you see at mines.

Producers Midstream II Announces New $200M Secured Credit Facility

Producers Midstream, a Dallas-based portfolio company of Tailwater Capital focused on providing a full suite of turnkey midstream solutions to producers across the U.S., today announced that it has secured a new syndicated credit facility led by Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., Bank of Oklahoma and Cadence Bank. The credit facility will allow the Company to borrow up to an additional $200 million assuming certain conditions are met.


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