💧 Weekly Water News Digest | Issue #76

Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Our Cowboys Golf Club outing for the oilfield water industry sold out. We added more spots. It sold out again…. and we managed to snag just a couple more spots.

After several rounds of expansion and with the event only 8 days away, we only have spots available for three more players to join (get ’em while they last here).

We’ve started a waiting list for larger groups. Please email us to inquire about the waiting list if you’d like to add a team or get exposure to the great group we have coming out with a last minute sponsorship. 

We are extremely excited about the quality of folks playing – some of the real rock stars of the oilfield water midstream business will be on the course with us… a really tremendous group. We can’t wait to see many of you there!

Now the news…

News Digest

First Of A Kind New Mexico Waste Permit - Milestone's Jal Slurry Injection Oilfield Waste Disposal Facility

Milestone Environmental Services, LLC announced that the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (“NMOCD”) has approved the company’s permit for an oilfield waste slurry injection facility near Jal, in Lea County....

Permian Oilfield Partners Adds Another SWD

The POP team knocked out their second Devonian under budget, and is ready for # 3....

Senate committee takes up Trump's WOTUS rewrite

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hear Wednesday from an Iowa farmer, a Florida developer and a New Mexico regulator, who are expected to discuss the Trump administration's Waters of the U.S. rule and weigh in on the environmental and public health issues raised by rolling back water protections.

IWS partners with tech company to commission produced water recycling facility

A private water management company has partnered with a digital technology firm to commission a produced water recycling facility in the Northern Delaware Basin of New Mexico.

UIC Application Trends With B3

More than 50 applications have received volume reductions from their initial request over the last 6 months, in large part to seismic activity...

Rig Count Continues Bottoming, So Here’s A Look At A Demand Indicator In The Most Critical Basin Of Them All

+10. Flat. Flat. -2. Those are the weekly changes the US land rig count has posted for the past four weeks. Not bad! But what comes next?

Orion Water Solutions Video on Turning Produced Water into Frac Fluid

Gary leads their technical team in turning produced water into frac fluid for some of the biggest operators in the Permian Basin.

Fracking in the Shale Fields Slows for the First Time Since 2017

Frackers are blasting less sand into shale wells for the first time in almost three years as oil explorers adjust to lower oil demand and prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

WATER TALENT POOL: Water Midstream Commercial Analyst Wanted

Commercial Analyst role in Midland: Seeking candidates with water / midstream experience and exposure to the commercial side. This person will support the SVP with excel models, customer presentations and contacting potential clients.

WATER TALENT POOL: Ray Jay Adds E&P Banking Bandwidth

Congrats to Marshall Adkins and team on adding Sonu Johl to the team as managing director and co-head of exploration & production (E&P) energy banking...

DirtWork Alert: Satellite Imagery AI/ML Predicts 1 in 3 Permian Basin Oil Wells before Permits

Sourcewater analyzed 12,854 oil and gas wells drilled in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico in 2018-2019 and compared their locations and timings to every drilling permit filed and every well pad detected in DirtWork Alert satellite imagery analytics. The resulting White Paper, “Permian Pads v. Permits Predicting Spuds” answers critical oilfield business questions for the first time.

Tallgrass Energy Partners Prices Upsized Offering of $600 Million of 7.500% Senior Notes Due 2025

Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP priced an upsized offering of $600 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.500% senior unsecured notes due 2025 at an offering price equal to 100% of par (the “Notes Offering”).

Perspective, Edge, and MQTT Bring Significant Cost Savings for Waterbridge

WaterBridge, a midstream water management company, was not receiving the level of reliability and support that it needed with its existing control and SCADA system.

One Hundred Years In The Permian

One hundred years is a major milestone and the observance of a centennial usually calls for a celebration but, with the world in the midst of a pandemic, there hasn’t been much fanfare as this year quietly marks the centennial of the first commercially producing well in the Permian Basin....

Waste not, want not? Draft methane rules could thwart water conservation progress

The new rules recently adopted by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Oil Conservation Commission “encourage the recycling or re-use of produced water in a manner that protects public health, the environment and freshwater resources.”

U.S. shale producers race for federal permits ahead of presidential election

Oil producers in the top U.S. shale fields are stockpiling drilling permits on federal land ahead of the November U.S. presidential election, concerned that a win by Democratic candidate Joe Biden could lead to a clamp-down on oilfield activity.

Joe Biden plan to end federal oil and gas leasing could 'devastate' New Mexico, study says

A study released Wednesday by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) reported the proposed ban could cost New Mexico 62,000 jobs by 2021 and more than $1 billion in federal revenue.

RRC: Drilling permits continue to rise in Midland region, across the state

The Midland district dominated in August when it came to drilling permits, new oil completions and new gas completions, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Western Midstream Announces Exchange of Occidental Note for Western Midstream Units

"This transaction is accretive to free cash flow, which will advance our leverage-reduction efforts," said WES Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ure. "The Exchange also allows both parties to avoid valuation discounts that typically apply to transactions involving the purchase and sale of these types of securities."

Appalachia Unconventional Oil & Water Production – June 2020

Mudrock Energy provides interesting data and charts.

Natural Gas Fracking Under Fire In Pennsylvania

A report on Pennsylvania's 12-year experience with hydraulic fracturing states public health and the environment have suffered.

Which Transportation Mode Is Safer For Liquid Hydrocarbon Transfer In The U.S.?

There have been various discussions on permitting new energy pipelines (crude, liquefied petroleum gas, refined products, natural gas) in the U.S., questioning their viability, need, and cost. In this article, I look specifically at liquid pipelines (i.e. the first 3 mentioned above), and investigate the safety record vs. alternatives of barging, trucking, and railcars.

Citi has a message for oil bulls: $60 oil to return by 2021

“We’re bullish definitely,” Ed Morse, global head of commodities research at Citi, said in an interview. “In our base case, prices go up because the market balances” and gigantic inventories are drawn down, he said.

EIA Raises 2020 Oil Price Forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has raised its Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil price forecasts for 2020, the organization’s latest short-term energy outlook (STEO) has revealed.

In a Dry State, Farmers Use Oil Wastewater to Irrigate Their Fields, but is it Safe?

For decades, farmers in California's Kern County have turned to wastewater from oil production to help irrigate their crops during extended dry spells.

Environmental Group’s Plan: Block Access to Scarce Water Supply to Stop Oil Companies From Drilling the Arctic Refuge

The Center for American Progress lays out their plan to prevent Artic Refuge drilling by blocking access to water.

Researchers Develop Better Method To Remove Toxic Dyes From Wastewater

From health care to fracking and beyond, the ability to clean wastewater is vital in many fields. A team of Texas Tech University researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods.

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