Oilfield Water Weekly

Before the news – and there’s some big oilfield water news this week – here are 3 quick bullet point updates on our final event of 2021 (October 15th at the Houstonian). Momentum is building and new delegates, speakers and sponsors are joining daily – don’t miss it!

  1. AGENDA REVEAL. Next week we will formally announce the initial conference agenda. As a bonus for newsletter readers, you can get a jump on that press release by visiting the conference website today, where the draft agenda has just been posted.
  2. NEW SPONSORS JOIN. We warmly welcome two new sponsors for the upcoming event in Houston as well. Sourcewater joins in support of the pre-conference meeting, where Josh Adler will address VIP dinner guests at the Houstonian the evening before the main event. Locke Lord joins as the event’s networking lunch sponsor.
  3. CHECK OUT VIDEO FLYER. Hat tip to our friend Kurt Knewitz for creating this video flyer for the event – those drone shots will get anyone with a pulse fired up to talk about the latest trends in the space with us in October!

Sponsorship opportunities are going fast now as the top firms in water midstream express their support of this gathering and quickly reserve the few remaining opportunities to reach the industry’s decision makers at this event. Online registration is open to attend, and and there are a few sponsorship opportunities left for check out on the event website…


And now this week’s news…

News Digest

In Basic Energy Services' Bankruptcy....

Fort Worth-based Basic Energy Services Inc. and 12 affiliated companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 17 and lined up three buyers — including a Houston company — for its assets.

...Select Emerges As A Stalking Horse For Agua Libre

Select Energy Services has entered into an asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Agua Libre Midstream, LLC and other water-related assets, operations and assumed liabilities...

What To Expect At Oilfield Water Connection Events [New Video]

See anyone you know in this 2-minute video??
The Right People.
The Right Agenda.
The Right Room.

The Landowners’ Voice: Fixing The Pecos County Sinkhole Mess [Guest Post]

Orphan wells and groundwater pollution are hot button issues in the Permian these days, and likely to become even hotter topics in the days ahead. In that context, today’s guest post is extremely relevant…

OWL CEO Has A Message For POTUS

OWL's Chris Cooper writes the following, to which we say 'Well Said Sir!' [By the way, you can hear Chris talk on our opening keynote panel in October...]"The administration is trying to cut fossil fuel production at home, but encouraging it abroad from less regulated, dirty producers. Oil independence was a game changer to our national security, yet our own National Security Adviser is the one now asking OPEC to increase production? Can we please spotlight this hypocrisy and insincerity (at best) from the administration on climate change?"

Severe Drought Could Threaten Power Supply in West for Years to Come

As drought persists across more than 95% of the American West, water elevation at the Hoover Dam has sunk to record-low levels, endangering a source of hydroelectric power for an estimated 1.3 million people across California, Nevada and Arizona.


CDX welcomed Jonnathon Contreras as Reclamation / SWD / Tank Cleaning sales manager...

WATER TALENT POOL: Job Opportunity for Frac Water Operators in New Mexico

Currently seeking Experienced Frac Water Recycling Operators.

Hmmmm... Water shortage solved? Newly created membrane removes 99.9% of salt from seawater and make it drinkable within MINUTES

This new coaxial electrospun nanofiber membrane removes 99.9% percent of salt from seawater and it lasts up to a month (previously solutions lasted for about 50 hours before they need to be replaced)...

How Midstreamers Are Reducing Their Pipelines' GHG Impact

Environmental critics and ESG-conscious investors and lenders are quick to point out that the commodities that midstreamers pipe are among the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and that, at the very least, pipeline companies should be reducing or even offsetting the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other GHGs associated with operating their networks. That’s now happening in a big way — and in a variety of ways....

Environmentally Sustainable Oilfield Water Management

Oilfield water management continues to be a growing sector of the oil and gas industry, but with drought concerns and the rise of seismicity in one of the largest oil producing regions in the U.S., produced water management is facing the same scrutiny that the whole industry is facing in regard to concerns over ESG.

Technical and commercial feasibility of extracting lithium from oilfield produced water

Oilfield produced water has long been known to contain valuable minerals and metals. The water is plentiful, with over 200 billion barrels being produced annually, yet is currently treated as a by-product which is either reinjected deep underground via disposal wells or treated and disposed of at the surface after oil separation at the wellhead.

Operators' Higher Use Of More Rock For Shallow Disposal Could Mitigate Pressurization

Permian Basin data analysis shows injection interval in the Delaware is increasing for both deep and shallow injection while the Midland Basin experiences little change (and in some areas, a small decrease!).

Simulfracs To Comprise 22% Frac Market Share In 2022?

When 2021 began, Infill Thinking estimated that simulfrac jobs comprised 5% or less of Lower 48 frac jobs. In April 2021, they predicted that simulfracing activity could comprise as much as 20-30% of the completions market over the next 24-26 months. See where things stand and where they are going in this update...

Can Jason Bourne save the world and fix water?

WaterEquity, the financing arm of the non-profit organisation founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is raising a $1 billion water fund. It is a game-changer for three reasons...

Meet The Simulfracing E&Ps

This update takes a look at E&P operators that are known to have adopted the practice.

Waste-To-Energy Tech Could Slash U.S. Water Sector Carbon Emissions, But Its Potential Remains Underdeveloped

U.S. utilities have been slower to adopt the energy- and emissions-saving technologies than those in other parts of the world.

Gulfport Changing Utica Approach to Boost Efficiency, Cut Costs After Bankruptcy

After emerging from bankruptcy in May with a new management team, Gulfport Energy Corp. has overhauled its operations with a focus on capital discipline, free cash flow (FCF) generation and investor returns over production growth.

Oil billionaire Dan Wilks bulks up stake in NexTier Oilfield Solutions

Billionaire oilman Dan Wilks increased his stake in NexTier Oilfield Solutions (NEX.N), according to a regulatory filing on Thursday, his latest purchase in the hard-hit oilfield services industry....

Comstock Resources offering US shale oil and gas assets, document shows

allas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ Comstock Resources oil company is offering to sell properties in North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield, a marketing document seen by Reuters shows, as rising energy prices lift buying and selling in the sector.

Rigging Up To Fend Off DUC Decline

This week’s Baker Hughes Rig Count: 4th biggest increase for any week so far this year at +8 to hit 484 rigs working.

First-ever water shortage on the Colorado River will bring cuts for Arizona farmers

The federal government on Monday declared a first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River, announcing mandatory cutbacks next year that will bring major challenges for Arizona farmers and reduce the water allotments of Nevada and Mexico.

Small Towns Grow Desperate for Water in California - $5 Showers And No Restrooms For Guests At Restaurants Yikes!!!

Water is so scarce in Mendocino, an Instagram-ready collection of pastel Victorian homes on the edge of the Pacific, that restaurants have closed their restrooms to guests, pointing them instead to portable toilets on the sidewalk.

California’s Dry Season Is Turning Into a Permanent State of Being

Drought across the Western U.S. has forced California to ration water to farms. Hydroelectric dams barely work. The smallest spark — from a lawnmower or even a flat tire — can explode into a wildfire.

THE WELL FIXER’S WARNING - The lesson that California never learns

In this latest round of western drought, desperate voices were calling the "well fixer" at six in the morning and again at midnight. They were puzzled why their pumps were coughing up sand, the water’s flow to their orchards now a trickle.

Drought and Vaca Muerta: how much water the oil industry uses (translated from Spanish)

Industrial activity, including hydrocarbon activity, is allowed to use a minimum percentage of the availability of watersheds. How much liquid they can drink and from what sources. For the smaller existence, companies must pay a higher fee.

What’s Left In The Tank For E&P Capex In 2H21?

In this update, we processed capex spending updates for about 30 public shale E&Ps into our models. Data clients can access the latest operator-by-operator spending database here, which includes our 2022 expectations.

3 North Dakota oil well fires extinguished after 16 days

Authorities say fires involving three oil wells in McKenzie County were brought under control over the weekend after they had burned for 16 days.

Justice Department and EPA reach $1 million settlement with Noble Energy and Noble Midstream

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Noble Energy, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners LP, and Noble Midstream Services, LLC (collectively, Noble) have agreed to pay $1 million and implement enhanced containment measures and electronic sensors at tank batteries operating in Colorado floodplains.

Western Midstream Announces Cash Tender Offers For Up To $500 Million In Aggregate Principal Amount Of Senior Notes

Western Midstream Announces Cash Tender Offers For Up To $500 Million In Aggregate Principal Amount Of Senior Notes

Encore Green Environmental Names First Re-Furbished Water Treatment Unit for Delzon ‘Possum’ Elenburg

Encore Green Environmental names their first water treatment unit based on the NOMAD technology in honor of Henry “Possum” Elenburg for his pioneering work in treatment of industrial water.


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