Oilfield Water Weekly

It’s too hot to imagine fall being here. But November 2nd (and our Houstonian industry event) will be here before you know it! Houston temps in early-November average 56°F to 76°F… can’t wait!

This week, we revealed the 5th Annual Oilfield Water Update conference’s first-to-be-confirmed speakers (great group already, more to come).

New industry leaders have also joined the sponsor group this week  –  nearly 2/3rds of the event’s sponsorships are already reserved. How is WiFi still available??

See who’s already involved here: https://oilfieldwater.com/owupdate5/ and stay tuned for the agenda announcement in a couple weeks. See you when the high is about 30° lower!

Here is this week’s industry news & analysis…

News Digest

WATER TALENT POOL: Aris Water Solutions, Inc. Announces New Leadership Appointments

Nick Patterson will join the Company as Chief Commercial Officer. Dylan Van Brunt, who has been with Aris since early 2021 and currently is EVP of Operations and Planning, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.

Ted Wooten Weighs In On A Potential "Produced Water To Fresh Water Revolution"

In this non-technical intro piece to get the discussion going, Ted writes: "We all share common knowledge that freshwater is one of the single most valuable resources on this planet. The good news for the oil and gas industry, and residents of Texas, is that we’re already producing feedstock for a large volume of freshwater." Check it out, and thanks, Ted, for all you do at the regulatory nexus between the oilfield and water!

Claim: Texas’ environmental agency enables companies to increase oilfield wastewater disposal in rivers

When a team of researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi combed through Railroad Commission records several years ago, they found more than 50 permits allowing conventional oil and gas drillers to discharge oil field wastewater, known as produced water, into creeks and streams near the Eagle Ford shale basin in South Texas.

EQT gets OK for Tug Hill acquisition

The Federal Trade Commission had completed its review of the merger that was announced in September 2022 but delayed while the FTC asked for further details. EQT is buying the assets from Quantum Energy Partners for $5.2 billion.

Carbon, Capture, and Sequestration: The Pressures of Selecting the Perfect Site

B3 Insight's Rob Bruant writes in JPT: "Decades of experience injecting fluids into the ground has revealed a fundamental truth: No two injection sites are the same. A thorough understanding of site-specific conditions is essential to ensure safe and secure long-term subsurface disposal of carbon dioxide."

WATER TALENT POOL: Patriot Environmental Announces New Hire

Ryan Bunch joins the team as the new VP of Operations.

WATER TALENT POOL: Aureus Energy Services Looking to Add an Operations Engineer

Join a strong technical team to support our continued execution of both small and large-scale water management projects in the Permian Basin. The position is for Midland, TX.

Quad 2mmbbl Round Ponds

"Could you create a quad 2 million bbl pond, but with round ponds?" Challenge accepted! Presenting Big D's 'The Dos Ochos!'

Column: High Court’s Water Ruling Provides Clarity … or Not

Murkiness remains for projects involving water, despite clarity from Supreme Court on the limits of EPA’s power.

Continuing Coverage Of Last Week's Top Story: Select Water recycles 8.2 million barrels for Endeavor

The four-fleet Endeavor project achieved recycling and delivery rates up to 300,000 barrels per day.

A climate lawsuit won big in Montana. What will it mean for other cases?

A Montana district court judge ruled that the state government’s energy permitting policies violated the youth plaintiffs’ right to a healthy environment, which is enshrined in Montana’s state constitution. Not sure if this is a real concern for the industry, or just wishful thinking by the author.

ICYMI: Water Midstream Private Company Power Hour Announced For The November 2nd Oilfield Water Conference In Houston

There will be a unique and innovative session for attendees to look forward to at the 5th Annual Oilfield Water Industry Update Conference happening at the Houstonian Hotel on November 2, 2023. During our new Water Midstream Private Company “Power Hour,” top executives from a half dozen leading private water midstream firms will take the stage for 10 minutes each during the hour-long session, sharing updates on their company’s operations, outlook, value, and growth initiatives.

Heat, drought and population growth have stressed aquifers that supply water to millions of Texans

Diminishing springs and aquifers due to heat, drought and high for demand water highlight the urgency for Central Texas conservation districts to prioritize climate-focused management, potentially involving reduced pumping for sustainability.

Dry Springs in Central Texas Warn of Water Shortage Ahead

Heat, drought and booming population growth have stressed the aquifers that supply drinking water to millions of people.

EPA Releases Initial Nationwide Monitoring Data On 29 PFAS And Lithium

First of 12 sets of data to be released through 2026, this information further builds upon EPA actions to address PFAS in Drinking Water

WATER TALENT POOL: Carbon Solutions Welcomes Tara Gross to the Team

She has extensive experience in environmental, water, and oil and gas operations, including leading workgroup initiatives for Underground Injection Control Class VI Wells, Produced Water efforts, Induced Seismicity, Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage, and several other subsurface and groundwater projects.

Produced Water Ownership in Texas: Is Cactus Water the Answer?

This alert (1) provides a background on produced water in Texas, (2) discusses the conclusion and reasoning of the majority opinion in Cactus Water, (3) discusses the dissenting opinion’s contrary holding in Cactus Water, and (4) assesses the future of the issue as it heads towards the Texas Supreme Court.

RRC Accepting Applications for Texas Hydrogen Production Council Membership

The Railroad Commission of Texas is accepting applications for membership on the Texas Hydrogen Production Policy Council.

UW to lead $10M hydrogen project with award from Department of Energy

The Hydrogen Energy Research Center in the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources is set to lead a collaborative project integrating a produced water thermal desalinization technology, along with autothermal or steam methane reforming for efficient hydrogen production.

Oil prices ease on concerns over rate hikes, China gloom

Oil prices eased in early trade on Wednesday, weighed down by fears U.S. interest rates could stay higher for longer and economic growth could slow further in top crude importer China and hurt fuel demand.

Busy SWD For Sale In Haynesville

Check out this very busy disposal well on I-20 just a few miles East of the Louisiana border. The Waskom SWD facility is permitted for 40k Bbls/day and includes a permit for a Washout and Landfarm for solids handling which will significantly increase the asset value once the solids business is up and running.

Five Questions With Chesapeake Water Foreman Hunter Knighton

Hunter Knighton started his career at Chesapeake as a lease operator before becoming a water foreman in their Haynesville operations. Hunter was asked to share more about this new role and his life outside of work in our latest edition of a “Five Questions” interview series.

Carbon Credits for Oil and Gas Projects: Assuring Integrity

For companies with oil and gas projects, which are new entrants into the world of carbon credits, and methodologies for calculating metric tons of carbon taken out of the atmosphere thanks to plugging orphan, abandoned, and idle wells, the ICVCM announcement caused some to ask for more clarity and transparency in the process.

As EU Weans Itself From Russian Energy, U.S. Shale Gas Industry Pushes New LNG Export Plant in Pennsylvania

Opponents to warn state politicians of health and climate impacts at decisive hearing.


The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office today opened a 30-day public protest period to receive public input on eleven oil and gas parcels totaling 595.59 acres that may be included in an upcoming lease sale in New Mexico and Oklahoma. The protest period ends September 13, 2023.

TxDOT approves $4.3 billion UTP funding for Odessa District

Final approval has been given to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Unified Transportation Program for 2024, and the Permian Basin has come up a winner in the allocations.

Three I-20 counties make up 35.5% of oil produced

Midland, Martin and Howard counties were the top-three producing counties in the state in April, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Natural gas well setbacks questioned after health impact study

Regulations that dictate appropriate setbacks for natural gas wells from drinking water sources and buildings may not be generous enough, according to the state’s agency tasked with overseeing the industry.


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