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Now A Mag 3.6 In Stateline Area On 11/19/23...

Link to USGS page on this seismic event, which follows the big 5.3 mag quake everyone was talking about in the same area several weeks ago...

...And A Mag 2.6 Also In Stateline Area On 11/21/23

Link to USGS page on this seismic event, which follows the big 5.3 mag quake everyone was talking about in the same area several weeks ago...

The Growing Pressures of Produced Water Disposal

Permian Basin oil wells produce a lot of water. Much of it is injected into disposal zones above and below the basin’s primary oil- and gas-producing zone. When water is injected into these disposal zones, the pressure increases, mainly because no fluid is concurrently removed. Is this increase in pressure a concern? The data would suggest yes.

WATER TALENT POOL: Ben Warden Deep Blue Position Announcement

Ben starts a new position as Director of Supply Water at Deep Blue.

Oil and gas regulators weigh additional wastewater restrictions after earthquake rattles West Texas

The Railroad Commission said in a statement Wednesday that injection into deep disposal zones has already been curtailed by as much as 80% in the area of last week’s earthquake, and it was prepared to “take further action.” It did not answer specific questions about whether it would follow the action plan issued last year, which called for the complete elimination of deep injection in the area of the earthquake. “We are in conversations with operators on what actions are necessary to further reduce deep injection in the Northern Delaware Basin,” it said.

Permian Resources Sees Water Synergies In Their Earthstone Deal

A big piece of the operating cost synergies is water disposal and water disposal is going to be more of a little longer lead time, finding the optimal SWD disposal or recycling process and kind of working through some small contracts along the way.

U.S. crude oil tumbles below $75 a barrel after OPEC delays meeting

U.S. crude prices tumbled Wednesday after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries delayed a pivotal meeting on production cuts that was scheduled for the weekend. The West Texas Intermediate contract for January fell about 5% to $73.85 a barrel in the morning, but clawed back some of those losses throughout the day.

Tailwater: Midstream Whittles Down Debt, but M&A Likely Brewing

So far this year, Midstream companies have eschewed spending cash flow on capex or M&A, but that’s likely to change as Permian players expanded out of core areas, a Tailwater Capital partner Stephen Lipscomb said.

Rob Bruant On Subsurface Pressure

When geoscientists and engineers evaluate the capacity of subsurface formations to accommodate fluids for storage or disposal, what they are generally considering is the influence of the injected fluids on formation pressure. Understanding how much and how quickly fluids can be injected into the ground is dictated by a determination of maximum allowable pressure, be it a natural pressure threshold (e.g., the pressure at which rocks fracture) or an operationally defined limit (e.g., maximum wellhead pressure). And knowledge of how pressure changes due to past fluid injection provides insight into the remaining capacity for future fluid storage or disposal. This applies to any fluid injection activity, be it for water disposal, natural gas or hydrogen storage, or carbon dioxide sequestration. Being responsible stewards of the subsurface involves properly managing this pressure to ensure one’s actions do not lead to adverse environmental impacts, wastage of natural resources, or infringement upon other’s ownership and operational rights.

US oilfield firms offer dour views as shale budgets dwindle

Oilfield service companies that cater to U.S. shale oil and gas producers are turning sour on fourth quarter demand, with clients keeping a tight grip on their wallets after largely exhausting their 2023 budgets.

Advertorial Post, But Interesting To See Rockwell's Thoughts On PW

For example, one of Endpoint’s customers operates more than a dozen geographically dispersed water recycling facilities and pipelines, managing 1.2 million barrels of produced water per day. That makes flexibility a priority, with permanent facilities and mobile units engineered on a project-by-project basis.

Produced water spills from pipeline in Billings County, contaminating pastureland

The pipeline leak occurred on Sunday, Nov. 19, about six miles northwest of Medora

PFAs Post - Zac Hildenbrand Shares Insights

"With respect to the removal of PFAS/PFOA from produced water, not all pretreatment and desalination modalities demonstrate the same efficacy. I will break this down further, but there are considerable differences in the effects that chemical treatments have compared to the use of oxidizing agents during pretreatment. The same is true for thermal vs. membrane-based desalination modalities..."


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