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Here is this week’s industry news & analysis…

News Digest

NEW SWD REQUIREMENTS FROM TX RRC THIS WEEK: Notice to Oil and Gas Operators On Disposal Well Monitoring and Reporting Requirements in the Permian Basin

Published Feb 6: "The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) will begin adding additional requirements to new disposal well permits in the Permian Basin to assist the agency and industry in monitoring and responding to injection and reservoir conditions that may be conducive to induced seismicity. The new permit conditions for monitoring and reporting will require certain new disposal wells to be equipped and operated with a bottomhole pressure monitoring gauge. These permit conditions will apply to: (1) all new “deep”1 disposal wells in the Permian Basin2, and (2) all new “shallow”3 disposal wells in the Permian Basin that are within an area designated by the RRC as a Seismic Response Area (SRA).

Seismicity, water to be top priority for RRC in 2023

The commission’s focus on seismicity will include a look at produced water, its connection to seismic events and how produced water can become a beneficial resource.

Jim Wright Op-Ed: Oil, Water, Earthquakes and Opportunities

TX RRC Commissioner Jim Wright weighs in on increased Permian seismic activity. "Through the Produced Water Consortium, it is my hope that Texas can find a workable solution that will reduce the potential of future seismic events by finding alternative, productive uses for the produced water generated during oil and gas extraction, such as agricultural irrigation for commodities such as cotton or enhancing natural vegetation."

Interesting Data on Bakken Produced Water Injection Well Trends

Rob Bruant shares some an interesting graph and insights on Bakken water injection.

Potential of Oilfield Produced Water for Irrigation in California

The Water Research Foundation released a new report and resources related to the reuse of oilfield produced water for irrigation.

XRI marks 10 years with focus on advancing water reuse

Both the water management and energy industries have evolved significantly in the 10 years since XRI opened its doors, observed Mat Gabriel, chief executive officer.

Vitol company acquires Midland’s Delaware Basin Resources and its associated surface and water businesses

Assets to be acquired include 35,000 net leasehold acres and 46,000 surface acres in Pecos and Reeves counties with current daily production of about 40,000 boed (70 percent oil).

Austin energy entrepreneur Bud Brigham taking another company public

The energy entrepreneur has multiple billion-dollar exits on his resume, including when he sold Brigham Exploration to Norway's Statoil in 2011 for $4.4 billion. Now he is preparing Atlas Energy for an IPO.

Matador’s Advance Energy Acquisition Adds Permian Acreage, Takeaway Capacity

The transaction also would add about 35 miles of infield gas and water gathering lines to Pronto, a midstream company Matador also operates. In addition, Matador would acquire three compressor stations.

Dear Mr. President: Let Appalachia Lead the Way

As the country’s most sustainable and abundant source of natural gas, President Biden should look to the Appalachian Basin for energy solutions as he gives his State of the Union Address.

Texas threatens to sue Biden over 'unlawful, top-down' eco rules threatening farmers, energy producers

Texas became the latest state Monday threatening to sue the Biden administration over a conservation rule that could harm landowners, farmers and energy producers across five states.

CFD Visualization Of 1 Million Barrel Pit With Treated Water Gets Some Folks Talking!

"In the Permian Basin, an open-top pit is the workhorse in the field, which is used in every facility to provide holding time to the water. It is easy to design, construct and maintain. However, a multi-million-barrel pit with simple hydraulic components (discharge/suction lines) is not always a good idea since a significant part of the volume is "wasted" because of the "Deadzone". Here is an example of a CFD model simulating a 1-million-barrel pit with treated water that contains a high dose of suspending ferric iron at discharge."

Chevron CEO highlights importance of Permian operations

Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth and Ryder Booth, vice president, Mid-Continent Business Unit, settled into Booth’s office to speak with the Reporter-Telegram.

The Coming Energy Supply Crisis Due to Underinvestment in O&G

Companies are behaving rationally, given the irrational insanity around them, by NOT investing–even if energy prices are super high right now. Who can blame them?

Podcast: Onsite Electrical Generation Using Waste Products You Never Considered

Hosts talk to Brent Mulliniks from Eco Hydroflow about closed-loop recycling of produced water using industrial waste to generate gas to generate electricity.

Toxic Water Project Sparks Controversy With Navajo Neighbors

Missed cues grow Native distrust around a New Mexico research project on oil well wastewater.

Here They Come: Environmentalist Org Report: National parks in NM threatened by oil and gas development

A report from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks sounds the alarm on harm from oil and gas development on four national parks, calling on the federal government to do more to protect them.

One dead after oilfield water tanker crash in Colorado, officials say investigation ongoing

According to the report released Wednesday morning, a tanker truck hauling production water from a gas well located within Lorencito Canyon had been travelling northbound on a service road as the driver lost control and rolled approximately one time before exiting the roadway and impacting a group of trees. The driver died.


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