💧 Weekly Water News Digest | Issue #74

Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday September 2, 2020

Tons of interesting news and analysis this week… but first, our Cowboys Golf Club outing for the oilfield water industry is only three weeks away. It is nearly sold out. 
 
With only a several spots for golfers still available, now is the time to sign up before the waiting list starts to form.
 
With very strong demand to attend the event, we have reached out to the course to ask about adding more foursomes and are waiting to hear back. 
 
Many thanks to our event sponsors (Schwob Energy Services, H2O Midstream, Helios, and Circle R Pipe & Supply) and everyone who has registered to participate.
 
We also still have a few sponsor opportunities left.

Now the news…


News Digest

Delaware Basin City Running Out Of Water – An Underappreciated Story With Big Implications

In today's bizarre world, so called "social media influencers" get millions of views for videos containing meaningless blather. On the other hand, we dug up a critically important video posted about a week ago which everyone in the Permian oilfield water industry should watch with rapt attention; however, it only had 25 views as of this writing. This low view count is appalling because this is a HUGE issue for the sustainability of Permian E&P....

REVISITING A 2017 WARNING: A Pecos Spring Just Went Dry For Just The Third Time In Recorded History

In light of what went down in Pecos about a week ago, we dusted off this piece from 2017 that described a "canary in the coal mine" that proved its worth!

Just A Few Spots Left!

If you haven't registered already, there is still time to reserve your spot for the Oilfield Water Connection Golf Tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine TX on Sept. 24th....

Schlumberger to Contribute North American Pressure Pumping Business to Liberty

Liberty Oilfield Services and Schlumberger announced an agreement for the contribution of Schlumberger’s onshore hydraulic fracturing business in the United States and Canada (“OneStim®”), including its pressure pumping, pumpdown perforating, and Permian frac sand businesses to Liberty in exchange for a 37% equity interest in the combined company.

‘Project Stars’ Complete – What Schlumberger’s Frac Sale Means For The Broader Oilfield Marketplace

As most readers know by now, Schlumberger sold their frac business to Liberty in a big deal announced yesterday morning. Here are 6 observations about what this means for the frac competitive landscape going forward...

Exterran Exits U.S. Compression

Compass Energy Systems and Exterran announced that Compass acquired Exterran's U.S., natural gas compression assets, with expected close during the fourth quarter of 2020....

NGL Energy Partners LP Announces Expansion and Extension of Acreage Dedication for Produced Water Transportation and Disposal in the Delaware Basin

NGL Energy Partners announced this week that the Partnership signed a long-term extension and expansion of an acreage dedication with an existing customer.

WATER TALENT POOL: Select Energy Services Veteran Executive Moves On

After 16+ years with Select Energy Services, Mitchell Shauf is leaving...

WATER TALENT POOL: O&G Journalist Shuffle

Sergio Chapa left the Houston Chron for Bloomberg where he'll cover natural gas and LNG... no more "weekly drilling down" reports?

Layflat Demand From The Water Resources Lead At EP Energy....

"Looking for 40 12" layflat shipping reels in West Texas. Need the heavier duty steel reels...."

....Layflat Supply

For Sale: 8,500’ of 12” layflat hose located in West TX. Make me an offer!

San Mateo Midstream Announces Completion and Start-Up of Black River Processing Plant Expansion in Eddy County, New Mexico

San Mateo Midstream announced the completion and successful start-up of the expansion of the Black River cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Eddy County, New Mexico....

Energy Transfer Announces Completion of Lone Star Express Pipeline Expansion Project

Energy Transfer completed its Lone Star Express Pipeline expansion project, which was a major part of Energy Transfer’s 2020 capital program. The project was delivered on budget and ahead of schedule. The pipeline adds over 400,000 barrels per day of Natural Gas Liquids capacity to Energy Transfer’s existing Lone Star NGL pipeline system in Texas....

Upcoming B3 Discussion Worth A Listen On September 15th

How much water is moving across state borders for disposal? Has it changed over the years?

The Past 2 Weeks Don’t Make A Trend, But 2 More Will…

+10. Flat. Those are the weekly changes the US land rig count has posted for the past two weeks. This is significant because...

Letters to the Editor: COVID-19 and the oilfield

A New Mexico resident writes: "More than 4,000 workers from the industry are unemployed and the economic downturn has left the state with over 700 orphaned oil wells--a serious danger to the nearby air, water and lands...."

Smith Canyon Fire burns 4,000 acres in Pecos County, 0% contained

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Smith Canyon Fire in Pecos County involves an estimated 4,000 acres and is 0% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Too Late To Stop $2.2B Texas Pipeline Damage, Judge Says

A Texas federal judge won't halt construction of Kinder Morgan's $2.2bn Permian Highway Pipeline...

Texas Appeals Court Wipes Out $31.6M Nuclear Verdict As 'Excessive'

Relevant since water is still hauled... A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 12th District in Tyler, Texas, has granted FTS International Services and one of its former drivers a new trial over what it deemed an "excessive" $31.6 million verdict awarded to a motorist allegedly injured during an accident.

Permian Basin set to receive $2.5 billion for roads

The Texas Transportation Commissioners voted Thursday to unanimously approve $2.5 billion in funding for transportation projects in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Odessa district over the next decade.

Oil and brine spills in McKenzie County after lightning sets tank on fire

An estimated 33,600 gallons of produced water and 1,700 gallons of oil spilled in McKenzie County, N.D., according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality. The spilled materials were completely recovered.

Water, Water Everywhere: Using ML and Game Theory To Win at Produced-Water Forecasting

Operators, regulators, and water-disposal companies often rely on simplistic water-cut ratios or basin-level extrapolations that ignore the complex interplay of geology, completions, and spacing decisions on water production. “They are starting to realize and incorporate the fact that water-to-oil ratios will evolve over a well’s life, usually increasing. But the critical thing is that the time they spend on water prediction is a tiny fraction of what they spend on oil, and the methods are less sophisticated and developed,” Cross said.

Trump moves to open up drilling in national forests

The Trump administation is revising regulations governing oil and gas drilling across more than 190 million acres of U.S. forest land in a bid to increase the nation’s energy production.

Oil climbs near $43 a barrel with renewed support from dollar

Oil rose to trade near $43 a barrel in New York, with support from a weaker dollar and expectations of a further decline in U.S. stockpiles.

More Coverage Of The Lubbock - Permian Water Pipeline Project

The Palisade Pipeline project has gotten lots of news coverage over the past couple weeks (and has appeared in prior editions of our newsletter). Here's the latest...

Equinor Halts US Shale Drilling for 2020 Amid Significant Job Cuts

Equinor ASA plans to not drill any new unconventional wells this year in the U.S., where it has acreage in the Bakken and Marcellus shale formations, a spokesman for the Norway-based oil and gas company said Aug. 26

Offshore.... ExxonMobil Says Treated Production Water Discharge Safer Than Reinjection

ExxonMobil says it prefers to discharge treated production water into the Atlantic Ocean offshore Guyana instead of re-injecting it into the Liza Phase One well.

Is Argentina’s Shale Too Expensive To Drill?

It is one of the most abundant shale plays in the world, with oil reserves of up to 16 billion barrels and gas reserves of 308 trillion cubic meters—resources that could guarantee a country’s energy independence and turn it into a relevant international supplier of oil and gas. But only if the price is right.

Daily on Energy: Why Biden focused on fracing

A recent public hearing on a proposed docking facility near Marietta left local residents frustrated and disappointed.

And In Other News.... The Intersection Of Baseball & Oilfield Water?

Random article about a cable show about a baseball team (The "Morristown Frackers”) and the "evil oil & gas company" who wants the team to fail so they can turn the stadium into a wastewater pit! It never ends folks!!

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