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Here is this week’s oilfield water news and analysis digest…


News Digest

Solaris Water Midstream Expands Water Infrastructure Joint Venture with Concho Resources

Last week, Solaris announced an expansion of their Concho JV and increased equity commitments...

How Long Until Solaris Gets Acquired?

Gabe Collins writes: "the big question now is how long before NGL, WaterBridge, or another strategic water consolidator tries to purchase Solaris...."

COVID-19 woes hit water midstream

“First and foremost, the most obvious impact was drilling reduction and therefore completion reduction,” said Stephen McNair, formerly president of Pioneer Natural Resources’ water arm, Pioneer Water Management Company, and former executive vice president, corporate development and operations at H20 Midstream.

Lots Of Posts About Trump In Midland On Social Media, Here's One Of Our Favorites

Trump's visit to the oilpatch inspired many in the industry to welcome our POTUS to the Basin. Here's a great shot of Air Force One dropping in against the classic WTX landscape....

From $4.2bn To $245mm In 4 Years? Shocking Shale Sale In Louisiana This Week

Range entered Louisiana in 2016 when it acquired tight-gas producer Memorial Resources in an all-stock transaction valued at $4.2 billion. This week, it sold off its unconventional gas fields in northern Louisiana for the sum of $245 million.

The Permian Could See Record Gas Production In 2021

The pandemic has curtailed associated gas production in the Permian basin, temporarily relieving some gas flaring, but the basin could return to record gas production levels by the end of 2021. By 2023, the rate of gas flaring could increase substantially.

ReStream Solutions Spotlight On Fluid Solutions

ReStream was founded in 2016 by a team that was focused on recycling produced water for frac use....

Room To Improve How Water Moves To Disposal?

Between July and December 2019, B3 estimates an average of 87.6% of production sites in Reeves County sent disposal water farther than the closest SWD with available volume capacity...

CNX Touts Water Plan As Core To Surviving The Downturn

CNX CEO said in the company's 2Q earnings release: "there are three main tenets that underlay our plan" and specifically mentioned 'our blending strategy to avoid expensive processing fees; and our ability to reuse frac water to maintain a healthy water balance..."

Proposed Recycled Frack Water Operation Drawing Concerns

County Board of Health member Dr. Matthew Wood and property owners Howard Karnell addressed commissioners during a teleconference meeting Tuesday night...

Across the pond: Still no solution for Santos’ toxic waste

NSW Planning Department’s Assessment Report describes Narrabri Gas as ‘approvable’ despite Santos providing no details on their plan to dump huge quantities of salt waste or “crystalised brine” at landfills close to the project area...

Railroad Commission adopts industry recommendations to reduce flaring

The Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates oil and gas operations in the state, has adopted a series of industry recommendations aimed at reducing flaring, a practice in which excess natural gas is burned at wells.

Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure Inc. Eyes Consolidation Opportunities In Water Midstream...

Wolverine continues to evaluate strategic acquisitions focused on key segments of the oil and gas market, including water management, midstream and the completions sector of the markets..

W Energy Software Launches Next Generation Oil & Gas Measurement Solution Backed by Industry Led Product Consortium

A new solution delivers a secure data warehouse for centrally managing water volume and quality measurement data in the cloud, integrating large numbers of SCADA data sources, and streamlining meter data analysis.

CASE STUDY: Elastec Skimmers Used to Recycle Frac Water

Keeping oil fields and oil pits clean and skimming oil from water is a continuous task. Oil field equipment such as drilling rigs, pumps, trucks and oil pits, require constant maintenance. Elastec manufactures a varied line of clean up products including vacuums, skimmers and boom to tackle rugged terrain and remote locations. Oil recovery involves using equipment to recover oil from pits and separate it from water.

Oil, brine spilled in Bakken mostly recovered

BISMARCK — An estimated 15,960 gallons of produced water and 3,200 gallons of oil spilled Friday, June 31, at a saltwater disposal well on the northwest edge of Dickinson, N.D., according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

WATER TALENT POOL: Aqua Terra Hiring

Aqua Terra Water Management, a Private Equity backed, water midstream company, is seeking an analytically strong Senior Accountant to join our Corporate team in NW Houston. The ideal candidate will have five (5) plus years of experience demonstrating efficient, progressive responsibility in a multi-company setting.

Green groups warn of 'toxic' dumping with New Mexico's fracking wastewater law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental groups lambasted oil and gas industry regulators and officials in New Mexico on Friday during virtual public hearings on wastewater from petroleum extraction, with green activists saying the refuse should be safely disposed of and not repurposed for other uses like irrigating crops.

New Mexico proceeds with oil and gas waste water rule-making despite activist concerns

Environmental activists attempted to disrupt a public hearing on New Mexico’s proposed changes in how it regulates produced water generated by oil and gas operations.

New Mexico's oil and gas water regulations criticized by environmentalists

A coalition of advocacy groups pushed the State of New Mexico to suspend development of new state regulations regarding produced water management from the oil and gas industry, citing the environmental harm they feared could be caused by ultimately releasing the water outside of the industry.

Enterprise Products Partners shrugs off downturn with $1 billion profit

Houston pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners made $1 billion in the second quarter despite an oil and natural gas industry downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bankruptcy judge gives BJ Services another 30 days to continue operations

A bankruptcy judge gave troubled oil field service company BJ Services another 30 days to continue operations and resume negotiations to sell assets.

Converse County oil and gas project poised to clear major regulatory step

The final environmental impact statement outlined three potential alternatives to the project, ultimately selecting a plan to allow the construction of up to 5,000 wells, 1,500 miles of gas gathering pipelines and 900 miles of water pipelines, along with roads, electrical lines and other infrastructure.

The Pros and Cons of ‘Produced Water’

Members of Youth United for Climate Change Action (YUCCA) stand outside the Wendell Chino Building in Santa Fe Thursday morning, holding large banners bearing slogans against the use of so-called "produced water," a byproduct of the oil and gas industry's most debated extraction techniques.

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