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We have received excellent feedback from industry execs on the agenda we press released earlier this week for the fast approaching Oilfield Water Markets Conference, Irving Convention Center May 8-9.

Excitement is building, and you should plan to join the exceptional group of produced water business people who are attending this unique IN-PERSON ONLY conference.

The early bird registration rate available online now increases to regular price at end of month. Read about the agenda and see how to get involved here>

Here is this week’s industry news & analysis…

News Digest

Agenda Announced For 4th Annual Oilfield Water Markets Conference In DFW, May 8-9, 2024

M&A. Data Forecasts. Market Structure. Value & Cost Drivers. Financing. Meeting Unmet Needs. E&P Roundtables. Join us May 8-9, Irving Convention Center.

P-18 Change PSA!

A hat tip to Jeff Petty over at Integrated Field Solutions LLC for flagging a pending mandatory change in disposal reporting. As of May 1, 2024, the RRC will no longer accept the 1986 version of the P-18 and will require the use of the 2023 version of the P-18. Regardless of what reporting month it is for, the old form will be rejected starting on May 1. The new form was approved by the Commissioners in September 2023. The new form is available at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/oil-and-gas-forms (Also listed in the notice). Two major updates: a) new version can be submitted via email to the RRC: skimoil_condensatereporting@rrc.texas.gov
and b) BS&W removal must be tracked & reported in the same way as oil sales. Jeff tells us his platform is already using the new P-18 form in their ticket reconciliation software. This can be done either with full SWD field automation or as a "virtual" SWD (ie, only the ticket management & reporting).

What lies beneath?

B3 Insight highlighted their new Aqueous Geochemistry Data Module, focused on subsurface water composition, this week. The new resource is the most comprehensive, current, and readily accessible nationwide water chemistry dataset available, empowering informed decision-making for diverse applications. More great insights from the B3 analytical team!

Thank You To O'Melveny & Myers LLP & Jason Schumacher For A Great Evening Talking Water!

Yesterday evening, we had the distinct pleasure of joining the OMM legal team at their Dallas office for an evening discussing water with one of their partners and a Professor at Stanford Law School, Buzz Thompson, who has just released a new book called "Liquid Asset" (great title) on the business of water. The event was well attended, including some O&G folks, and we learned a great deal as water topics discussed ranged from big picture water to produced water. Check out Buzz's book in the link below... One interesting idea Buzz discussed is how to attract big water consuming industries / facilities that can use treated produced water into the Permian Basin (instead of focusing on ag or moving the water out, why not bring consumers that can use it into the area?)... one such use case might be hydrogen production, as those companies will need a huge amount of water.

Today: The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments About Water In Texas v. New Mexico & Colorado

This is regarding the use of the Rio Grand and at issue is the motion by the states to enter a proposed consent decree to resolve the dispute over the U.S. claim as intervenors that New Mexico violated the Rio Grande Compact without the U.S. consent. Hat Tip Todd Votteler for sharing the information...

U.S. Appeals Court Temporarily Halts SEC Climate-Disclosure Rules

The Fifth Circuit Court grants request for administrative stay after Liberty Energy's challenge.

Liberty Energy Inc. Comments On Stay Of SEC Climate Rule

"We are grateful for the 5th Circuit’s decision that places an administrative stay on the Climate Rule while litigation on this matter proceeds... That said, there is still much work to do - not just with respect to the Climate Rule - but more broadly with our national energy policy in general"- CEO Chris Wright

Murchison Oil and Gas fined $2 million for wastewater spills near Carlsbad

Two spills of oilfield wastewater that were not cleaned up for years near Carlsbad landed a Permian Basin oil company $2 million in fines issued Thursday by state regulators.

SRBC Approves 8 Water Withdrawal Requests for Fracking in NEPA

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) continues to support the shale energy industry by approving water withdrawals for responsible and safe shale drilling.

MDN: CNX Failed to Ask “Mother, May I?” for Reservoir Water Withdrawal

CNX Resources was slapped with a “notice of violation” (NOV) by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for withdrawing over 1.8 million gallons of water in Washington County, PA (for use in shale gas fracking) without first seeking the proper approvals.

NY moves to update fracking ban to include liquid CO2, water

The measure would immediately block a Texas company that wants to use the method as an alternative to hydraulic fracturing with a water-based solution.

RWI Is Growing!

Production is in full swing! RWI Enhanced Evaporation posted an update this week showing their team building equipment to help clients reduce wastewater volumes

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson comes to Permian Basin to discuss American energy independence

Speaker Johnson was joined by Congressman August Pfluger. It is "Energy Week" in the House and energy policy efforts, that could impact the future, get voted on.

Bloomberg: WaterBridge Denies Copying Rival Fracking Disposal-Well Controls

WaterBridge said in a March 14 filing its own employees developed the SCADA wastewater control system now used internally, not SitePro.

Texas Water Development Board seeks public input on Texas Water Fund priorities, implementation

The Texas Water Development Board announced it is seeking public input until April 30 to help with the implementation of the Texas Water Fund, which was approved by voters in November 2023 and authorized a $1 billion appropriation to fund water infrastructure upgrades, water supply projects and a statewide water public awareness program.

Enservco to buy energy logistics firm Buckshot Trucking in $3.75 mln deal, shares up

The deal adds higher margin business that has historically generated strong growth and cash generation without substantial new overhead, and creates new operating division that expands current market position in hot oiling and acidizing services and frac water heating services.

Pearl Street Capital Partners acquires Measurement Control Systems

Pearl Street Capital Partners announced the acquisition of Measurement Control Systems, a California-based value-added distributor of natural gas and water infrastructure products.

Roughly 12,600 gallons of produced water spilled in Dunn County, ND; cleanup in progress

A spill of 300 barrels of produced water at a Dunn County well site prompts immediate containment and cleanup efforts, with no reported environmental damage.

Follow the Water – Chevron’s Kaybob Duvernay Water Assets

Connate Water Solutions’ main interest is the extensive Duvernay water management infrastructure in-place which includes a network of Paskapoo bedrock groundwater supply wells, water storage reservoirs and freshwater pipelines.

CO Energy Workers Rally Against Proposed Fracking Ban

In the face of a wildly unpopular fracking ban that could have serious impacts for Colorado’s energy industry, oil and gas workers stood united this week at the State Capitol.

Clickbait Headline: ‘Landfill tea’ steeps fracking waste near suburban communities

“It’s not rocket science: Just find the bad stuff and make sure it doesn’t get into the environment,” he said. “Keeping this material contained and out of the environment, out of groundwater and out of surface water is the No. 1 priority.”

Odd Post: Pro-Marcellus Activist Attacks Texas Production

Just found this unusual in that this pro-energy guy attacks Texas for being less regulated that Pennsylvania.


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