💧 Weekly Water News Digest | Issue #75

Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday September 9, 2020

Our Cowboys Golf Club outing for the oilfield water industry sold out last week, and we’ll be hosting nearly 100 oilfield water professionals for a shotgun start golf outing on September 24th.
 
Fortunately after selling out all our initially reserved tee times, the course has allowed us to add three more foursomes! So we can still squeeze a few more folks in while supplies last.
 
The three foursomes we’ve been able add are reserved for sponsor signups (each of our remaining sponsorship opportunities comes with a foursome and you can check them out here).
 
This will be our third straight sold-out industry gathering, although a bit different from the big indoor events we hosted last year due to the pandemic. Hat tip to our great golf outing sponsors – we hope you’ll take a moment to get to know them better at the event: Helios, H2O Midstream, Circle R Pipe & Supply, Schwob Energy Services, Acquire Oilfield Solutions, and ChemTreat.
 
It’s been a fairly slow news week in the oilfield water business, so our recap below focuses quite a bit on Water Talent Pool updates. For new readers, our Water Talent Pool series is an innovative newsletter feature that we pioneered more than a year ago to flag notable oilfield water sector job openings and career transitions each week.
 
Now the news…

News Digest

Fasken Engineering Manger Flags "Gummy Bears In Shale Production" Issue

"Things like high (low) vis FR (creating gummy bears), crushable proppants(do a cycle test on the proppants used), 100 mesh (the potpourri of completions) all make it easier to get a frac off.... We have seen what was described and called it peanut butter in produced water frac pits. Interested to hear if others in the Permian have seen this? What about the Commercial SWD companies, have you seen peanut butter or gummy bears in your water tanks or produced frac pits?"

New Mexico finalizes oil and gas wastewater regulations, lawmakers hear testimony

The State of New Mexico finalized changes to its produced water regulations on the oil and gas industry after months of adjustments and debate between state regulator, environmentalists and oil and gas industry leaders.

Proposed methane rules could hurt New Mexico’s farms and ranches

Many oil and gas companies that operate in New Mexico are pushing to use more recycled water — efforts that should be encouraged, not impeded by regulations that make it more expensive or outright impossible.

2021 Producer Perspectives – Peering Ahead As Operators Begin To Firm Up Next Year’s Business Plan

We hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday weekend despite the pandemic. This holiday always marks the transition from the dog days of summer to fall busy season for executives, managers, and investors. With everyone back from their vacations and tied to their desks from September to December, the dual focus of the next several months in the US onshore oilfield will be:

On The Crude Side, A Permian Pipeline Project Is Officially Cancelled

Enterprise made it official this morning, cancelling the 450kbpd Midland-to-Echo 4 crude oil project....

Water Talent Pool: Inside Sales Opening

Select Energy Services affiliate Rockwater Energy Solutions just posted an opening for an inside sales rep...

WATER TALENT POOL: Rystad Looking For Lead Onshore Services Analyst After Ryan Carbrey Moves On

The research firm's Shale Intelligence research team has a big opening...

WATER TALENT POOL: Anchor QEA is searching for a Director of Texas Water Resources Market.

The Director of Texas Water Resources Market candidate should be a senior level entrepreneurial-minded professional who can build a team and expand Anchor QEA’s presence in Texas related to flood and drought management, watershed planning, reservoir management, and water supply and management.

WATER TALENT POOL: From XRI Biz Dev Role To EnerCorp

Jeremy Littlejohn made a move in August...

WATER TALENT POOL: Goodnight Midstream Staffer Receives Notable Recognition

Chris Webb, Cloud Solutions Architect, has the honor of being recognized as a Microsoft MVP (a recognition of staff beyond Microsoft that make outstanding technical contributions).

WATER TALENT POOL: Nject Disposal, LLC Gets Leadership Injection

Nject Disposal, LLC added Brandon Vann to their team as General Manager in August...

WATER TALENT POOL: De Nora Executive Joins Accumulated Interests

After over five years at De Nora, Barron Sawyer, J.D. has joined Accumulated Interests in Houston - a firm specializing in supporting manufacturing, construction, equipment, engineering, inspections, or business services needs for small to mid-cap projects...

NM Lawmakers, Agencies Discuss Oilfield Wastewater

Produced water surfaces along with Petrloluem. Bill Brancard, a lawyer for the state of New Mexico's Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, said the PWA makes it clear which agency regulates wastewater flowing through oilfield pipelines and recycling ponds...

Something's Brewing At The Zillow Of SWD...

"Big things are in the works over here at BuySWD. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements," writes Kurt Knewitz...

Can We Beneficially Reuse Produced Water from Oil and Gas Extraction in the U.S.?

Study produced by the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas explores the topic.

‘Project Stars’ Complete – Schlumberger’s Frac Team Hands Over The Keys To Liberty

6 observations about what Liberty's purchase of Schlumberger's NAM onshore assets means for the completions industry...

Can Liberty Topple Halliburton After The Schlumberger Acquisition Closes?

This is an interesting piece that probably has some folks at Halliburton a bit hot beneath the collar!

Ohio investigates groundwater risks from Hydraulic Fracturing

The Columbus Dispatch reported that wastewater from the well-drilling process in an injection well in Washington County migrated to gas-producing wells 5 miles away, according to Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources. The state is investigating to ensure the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing do not get into sources of drinking water.

EPA fines Michigan injection well owner $73K for ‘significant’ violations

Federal regulators plan to fine a northern Michigan oil and gas company $73,755 for keeping inaccurate records on injection well operation in four counties...

Oil Prices Collapse As Demand Recovery Stalls, With Market “Now Seriously Worried”

Global crude oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday, building on several days of losses, in the face of a stalled U.S. recovery in gasoline demand, Saudi Arabia's move to cut prices of its oil sales contracts even as OPEC+ increases output, and a looming slowdown in Chinese imports of crude oil...

Did OPEC+ ease production cuts too soon?

With few signs of a strong surge in demand and a correction in the price of oil, it looks like OPEC+ eased output limits too soon and the price of oil is headed lower, analysts said....

Hess Midstream: High Tech Growth Rate And A Midstream Dividend

Hess Midstream management confirmed during the conference call that they expect to increase EBITDA 25% in the next fiscal year.

On The D.C. Circuit's Fall Lineup, Hazardous Waste Cleanups Are Of Interest...

A New Jersey-based pesticide manufacturer will appear virtually before the D.C. Circuit tomorrow to argue that EPA got it wrong when it targeted a 1.5-mile stormwater conveyance as a high-priority site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act....

“Add-Back” Royalty Claims in Texas

When discussing deductions of post-production costs in Texas, many operators automatically sort oil and gas leases into two buckets: at-the-wellhead leases or gross-proceeds leases. Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Heritage Resources, Inc. v. NationsBank, 939 S.W.2d 118 (Tex. 1996), operators can usually take deductions on the former. When it comes to the latter...

Watching Your Blindside: Here's The Latest Anti-O&G Propaganda Leveraging Water

Buckle up, swallow hard and bite down before reading this one... titled Fracking Company Has Made It Rain Toxic Water Upon New Mexico Without Penalty. The hit piece begins with: "Penny Aucoin, her husband Carl Dee George, their son Gideon and their daughter Skyler have had their lives devastated by the fracking industry."

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