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US Shale E&Ps Seek to Power Oil Patch With Small Nuclear Reactors

US oil companies, including Diamondback Energy, are considering small nuclear reactors to power drilling operations in Texas’s Permian Basin, a move aimed at cutting carbon emissions and ensuring reliable access to electricity.

Water Withdrawal Plan from Fracking Company Revives Worry about Fish

PennEnergy Resources received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a water withdrawal permit on January 29th. The permit will allow the company to extract 1.5 million gallons of water a day from Big Sewickley Creek. The DEP had previously rejected a plan to withdraw 3 million gallons a day from the stream. College professor worries that it will make it hard for a certain type of minnow to find a mate. Seriously.

Coolville (Ohio) Public Meeting Updates Injection Well Lawsuit

A public meeting was held in Coolville Elementary Wednesday evening considering the ongoing concern over migration of fracking waste water from injection wells.


After a fantastic turnout at Oilfield Water Connection’s event in Pittsburgh last year, the conference returns to the Marcellus for a third annual event serving the Appalachian produced water sector. This summer, >100 E&P, midstream, and water service business leaders will once again gather in Pittsburgh for networking and discussion of the latest produced water industry trends pertaining to commercialization, business risks/opportunities, optimization, and capital allocation.

XTO Water Recycling Update

The Super Major operator says: "We’ve recycled nearly 480 million barrels of water since 2019. This has enabled us to offset more than half of our water needs for our production activities in West Texas and New Mexico."

Energy Water Solutions Expands Into West Virginia

Company update states: "Our first unit is officially up and running in West Virginia! This milestone opens doors for us and other operators...

Austin Master Services concerns community after illegally storing excess brine and drilling waste

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost requested a temporary restraining order against Austin Master Services, an oil, gas, and radiological waste management company, due to the accumulation of dangerous waste materials exceeding the permitted limit.

Aurora (Colorado) residents, EPA worry fracking could release toxic chemicals from nearby Superfund site

The oil and gas operator says there's "no evidence" of "heightened risk." But some experts argue earthquakes caused by fracking could release hazardous chemicals.

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

Fresh water is so scarce in Coahuila that the Mexico government has already announced that it will not issue new groundwater use permits for oil and gas development.

Lithium laws fail to keep pace with rapid development

Washington's drive to make the United States a major global lithium producer is being held back by a confusing mix of state regulations that are deterring developers and hampering efforts to break China's control of the critical minerals sector.

Lithium Tech Co. Starts Building Water-Saving Extraction Demo

Lithos Group Ltd. announced it has started manufacturing a demonstration-scale modular field unit using its AcQUA technology, which allows lithium to be extracted from brine without evaporation ponds. Find out why one analyst says the stock is about to start a bull market.

Blue is the next green: Bonds financing water conservation projects are approaching a 'tipping point'

The market for bonds financing water conservation projects is approaching a "tipping point."

City of Midland water supply in good shape in 2024 ahead of warmer seasons

The city has maintained stage 1 restrictions for several years to preserve water. Midland's groundwater is a strong backup, and another water source is in the works.

April Begins With Extremely High Winds In The Permian Basin

On Monday April 1, westerly winds whipped across the Permian triggering high wind advisories from Jal in the west to Big Spring in the east. Sustained wind speeds Monday were 36 mph and gusts were recorded at 50-60 mph in the Permian.

Oil Report: Permian merger and acquisition activity rewriting record books

“Last year, in 2023 alone, in just Permian Basin transactions with Permian Basin assets, the cumulative sum topped $100 billion - just a staggering number,” said Rob Clarke, vice president, upstream research at Wood Mackenzie. YOU CAN HEAR ROBERT CLARKE SPEAK AT THE MAY 8-9 OILFIELD WATER MARKETS CONFERENCE IN IRVING!

WATER TALENT POOL: Jennifer Hoffman Update At Olympus

Jennifer is starting a new position as SVP - HR, EHSR, & Communications at Olympus Energy LLC!

JGL Solutions

The Voice of the People — Episode 8: Fossil Fuel Future in North Dakota

Nicholas Quallich spoke with North Dakota Department of Mineral Resource Director Lynn Helms, Ph.D. on this episode of The Voice of the People.

Produced water spill reported near Ross, ND

The report said 300 barrels were released because of a valve leak, however, everything was contained to the site, cleanup is underway, and all 300 barrels have been recovered.

NM Environment Cabinent Secretary Testifies On PFAs

James Kenney writes: "What an honor to testify before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works this week. I asked Congress to (1) list all PFAS chemicals as hazardous wastes so the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states can require faster clean-up to protect human health without arbitrary federal lawsuits and (2) end the loophole that gives the nations largest PFAS polluter, the United States Department of Defense, the autonomy to regulate its own clean-up. It’s time to wage war on PFAS - not the communities that welcome and host U.S Air Force bases."

Don't Look Now, But....

...WTI is back to $86/bbl! Nearly $90! Q1 saw a pretty steady up and to the right trend in oil prices. Let's Goooo!

And Natty Rallying Too, Nearly Back To $2/mmbtu

Nat gas rallied late in 1Q24.

Stanton Landfill Opens

Milestone opened its Stanton Landfill last week. Co-located with their existing Stanton slurry injection facility in the heart of the Midland Basin, the expanded operation now provides customers with a complete solution for energy waste streams.

Drought poses key risk to Canada's natural gas producers in 2024: Deloitte

Persistent drought conditions are poised to challenge natural gas producers even as they aim to ramp up in anticipation of Canada's first liquefied natural gas export terminal opening, a new report warns.

Here's the latest on the oil spill at Houston's Horsepen Bayou and what to know about its impact

The EPA has overseen the response efforts following a March 25 incident that caused oil and saltwater from the Denbury Resources’ Webster Saltwater Disposal facility to spill into portions of Horsespen Bayou.


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