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Exciting new speakers are joining the fast approaching Marcellus Shale Water Industry Update (Pittsburgh, August 9).

Today we welcomed Justin Mackey to the lineup. He is the NETL research geochemist who made big headlines this spring with his cutting edge research on PW lithium extraction. This is an emerging opportunity in the Marcellus/Utica that we’ll dive into in-person with Justin and other trend leaders like Lilac Solutions at the conference.

Check it out and join us. The next 5 registrants get free baseball game networking passes included with their conference fee… after that you can still add suite access for a nominal fee until the suite is full (it sells out every year). CONFERENCE WEBSITE>

And now, here is this week’s industry news & analysis…

News Digest

Danos wins major production contract in Permian Basin

Danos, a provider of integrated services to the energy industry, announced a production contract with a pioneer in sustainable water management solutions. Through a contract that began in March, Danos will oversee approximately 60 of the midstream company’s water management facilities.

New Mexico Debates What to Do With Oil and Gas Wastewater

State regulators say discharges of treated produced water into rivers are too risky. But they see a pathway for produced water to be reused in industry.

New Mexico officials tell lawmakers the state needs more money invested in water infrastructure

State lawmakers talk scarcity, the governor’s strategic water supply and increasing investments in interim session.

NGL Tests High Saline Brine Irrigation In New Mexico

New white paper on beneficial reuse talks about applying produced water supplied by NGL Energy Water Solutions to NM crops.

Complaint alleges water commissioner conflicted by oil and gas ties

As the state Water Quality Control Commission prepares to consider controversial new regulations for the potential reuse of fracking wastewater, environmental groups who oppose the change have raised concerns about the impartiality of one of the decision-makers.

Environmental lawsuit challenges state over constitution's pollution clause

A recent decision by a New Mexico judge will see a year-long case against the state over alleged failures to control pollution from oil and gas activities within its borders go to trial, with potential wide-ranging impacts on permitting and regulation.

Why Oil, Gas And NGL Infrastructure Investment Is Soaring While Production Growth Is Flat

U.S. energy infrastructure investment is soaring across crude oil, natural gas and NGL markets and, as in previous buildouts, midstreamers are bringing on new processing plants, pipelines, fractionators, storage facilities, export terminals and everything in between.

Warren Buffett buys Occidental shares for 9 straight days, pushes his stake to nearly 29%

The Omaha Oracle's firm purchased Occidental shares every trading day since June 5, totaling an additional 7.3 million shares with purchase prices slightly under or above $60, filings showed.

Cyber Enviro-Tech to acquire salt water disposal facility in Permian Basin

The goal is to develop a Pilot SWD facility that not only manages water disposal but also showcases advanced technologies in desalinization, water remediation, and sludge contamination removal, converting waste into saleable oil.

LandBridge IPO features crypto mining in the heart of oil country

LandBridge's IPO will test the market — and regulatory appetite — for crypto-adjacent deals, with other more crypto-y public debuts waiting in the wings since the last bull market.

Wright to seek second term on Railroad Commission

Jim Wright has decided one term on the Railroad Commission isn’t long enough to accomplish his to-do list. However, that list is not complete, so he has decided to seek a second term at the agency.

WATER TALENT POOL: ACE Energy Advisors Adding

The consultancy is looking for a Regulatory Specialist & Project Manager with expertise in saltwater disposal and water infrastructure permitting in New Mexico and Texas...


Marina Foster Garcia is now Program Manager at Crystal Clearwater Resources...

Quake North Of Eagle Ford Shale

Sergio Chapa writes: USGS just confirmed that a 2.2-magnitude earthquake happened between the Hill Country towns of Blanco and Fredericksburg on Tuesday afternoon. A very rare event!

Buzz Building For Marcellus/Utica Produced Water Gathering

Babst Calland is looking forward to speaking at the 3rd Annual Marcellus Shale Water Business Update in Pittsburgh this August!

DEP To Hold July 2 Virtual Hearing On PA General Energy Project To Construct 3.7 Miles Of Shale Gas, Water Pipelines Thru Exceptional Value, High Quality, Wild Trout Streams In Lycoming County

If you operate in the Marcellus, you might consider signing up to testify.

Continued Concerns with Water Wells Near EQT Frac-Out in Greene Co.

According to the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), EQT confirmed some of its fluids were “communicating” with the abandoned well. A year later, in August of 2023, the nearby community of New Freeport, where the frac-out happened, said the situation remained unresolved.

Natural Gas Tax Revenues for PA Reach $2.7 Billion

Nearly $180 Million of which was paid in 2023.

North Huntingdon could get nearly $7K for gas rights under township land

Apex Energy offered the town standard terms to the right to drill until 4.5 acres owned by the Pennsylvania town. Water impact was also discussed.

Pa. House effort seeks to ban spreading drilling wastewater on roads

A bill in the state House would put an end to spreading wastewater from oil and gas drilling on roads. State regulators have not permitted the practice since 2017. But it still continues in rural areas, without the required permits.

Texas oil wells are suddenly erupting with water. No one knows why.

Water is mysteriously bursting from yet another West Texas oil well, continuing a troubling trend.

RRC response underway at leaky orphan well in Pecos County

The flow from a once-leaking, foul-smelling orphan well in Pecos County has appeared to stop as of June 14.

Permian Operations at Risk as Wastewater Equation Remains Unbalanced

Wastewater injection is a growing cause of induced seismic activity in oil- and gas-producing regions in the U.S., and without proper management solutions, operational capacities are at risk.

A NM Tourist Destination Enjoyed By Many Permian-Based Oilfield Water Folks Is Getting Crushed This Week - How To Help

You've probably heard about the wildfire that is uncontained and ravaging Ruidoso by now. 1,400 structures destroyed so far as of this writing... this is a great little mountain village in New Mexico that many Permian folks visit to escape the West Texas heat... for those so inclined here's how to help.

JGL Solutions

PODCAST: Mike Hightower Is Popular

Jerri Phol writes: "Wow! Mike Hightower had over 61,000 listen to this PODcast live the other day. His presentation begins at 15:24 in the recording."

WEBINAR SLIDES: A New Era For Orphan Wells And Carbon Credits

23-slides shared by Dan Arthur from recent plugging presentation...

Pair of spills reported in northwest North Dakota

State regulators released information on a pair of spills this week in northwest North Dakota.

Collaboration with Texan by Nature aims for new conservation paradigm

A nonprofit founded by former first lady Laura Bush is working with Marathon Petroleum’s midstream segment, MPLX, to further conservation practices in U.S. oil and natural gas fields.


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