Oilfield Water Weekly

Before we get to this week’s oilfield water news digest (which is full, since big research houses seem to be simultaneously focusing on water thought leadership), we owe many of you a big “thank you.”

We are very grateful to the 160+ of you reading this email who were present for our first executive conference last Friday. The room was filled with ‘the who’s who’ of oilfield water business leaders.

Speakers on stage generated headlines and enlightened the room, while sideline conversations strengthened relationships old and new. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this event successful and productive!

Many folks have asked us for four things coming out of the event, so here’s a quick update:

  1. Presentation slides containing market intelligence were made available to all conference attendees yesterday.
  2. Photos from the event will appear on our website by next week, and a link will be in our next newsletter.
  3. The “water playlist” that folks enjoyed during the reception will be made public on Spotify soon. Look for a link in our next newsletter if you want to jam out to some classic songs about water on your next road trip into the field or commute into the office.
  4. Information on the next event… registration has opened for our October 4th Industry Update.

We do hope you’ll consider joining us when the conversation resumes at our next business conference this fall.

And now for this week’s top oilfield water industry headlines…

News Digest

Bloomberg Coverage Of Oilfield Water Connection Keynote Address

Pipeline owners already are adept at transporting oil and gas, so adding water to their portfolios may be a logical next step, Peter Bowden [Jefferies’ global head of energy investment banking] said Friday at an Oilfield Water Connection conference in Houston...

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia… Hot Takes From The Oilfield Water Connection’s Morning Sessions Last Week

A written summary wouldn’t do it justice – this was one of those “you had to be there” kind of events. So instead of rehashing their notes, InfillThinking.com decided to share one pithy quote from each of the day’s speakers to give readers the flavor of the experience of being there.

Oilfield Water Conference Coverage From Leading O&G Journalists On Twitter

UpstreamOnline and Rigzone were among the journalists covering our Friday conference on Twitter...

New GWPC Report: Produced Water May Provide Relief In Areas Of Declining Water Supplies

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) released a report this week that examines current regulations, practices, and research needed to expand the use of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, as a resource...

Term Loan Issued To PE-Backed Firm By Stonebriar For New Contracted Water Pipelines

The loans are secured by fluid management systems, water heating and storage equipment, over-the-road assets, rental equipment, pipelines and saltwater disposal wells...

Buzz Builds Around WPX’s Water Infrastructure [6/20 Report]

WPX has talked about their oilfield water asset strategy and significant State Line gathering/disposal assets on several investor conference calls this year. In fact, we analyzed their March and May remarks in a recent update. Last week, WPX President Clay Gaspar spoke again about saltwater strategies – this time taking the audience on a deeper dive than before...

WPX Energy To Explore Options For Its Permian Water Business [6/24 Report]

WPX’s Water business includes Stateline Gas & Water Gathering, which is 100% owned by the company. It is estimated to have a capacity of ~200 Mb/d of water disposal, and its estimated total value is in the range of $500-600 million...

Breakwater Launches New Water Midstream Division

"First press release we’ve ever done at Breakwater, and I’m happy to announce that we are the entering the water midstream business in a big way..."

MidCon Homeowners Lose Appeal Of Earthquake Lawsuit Ruling

Some Oklahoma homeowners who filed suit against seven energy companies, blaming them for an increase in their earthquake insurance rates, have lost their challenge to a judge’s dismissal of their legal action....

Registration Opens For Fall 2019 “Oilfield Water Industry Update” Conference

On the heels of an oversubscribed inaugural event, Oilfield Water Connection is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our second 2019 event this fall...

Later Today: A Permian Water Webinar... [DrillingInfo Thought Leadership Content]

DrillingInfo is hosting a webinar this afternoon to talk Permian water trends; here are the details...

Water Disposal Stands Out In Upstream Water Lifecycle Market [IHS Thought Leadership Piece]

IHS Markit estimates the US oilfield water management to be valued at around $37 billion in 2019, representing a 12% year-on-year (y/y) market growth from 2018; this is mainly driven by water disposal and water logistics...

The Opportunity & Threat Posed By US Shale Water [Westwood Thought Leadership Piece]

Westwood analysts say that "Water management to date has been basin specific. Private equity and infrastructure funds’ interest in 'water midstream', presents a unique opportunity to create water services that scale across the US shale plays."

Environmental Specialties International Acquires Patriot Environmental

Environmental Specialties International (ESI), the largest installer and provider of geosynthetic lining materials in the United States, announces that it has acquired Patriot Environmental of Meeker, Oklahoma. Both firms sell geosynthetic lining and HDPE piping systems into oilfield water applications...

How To Value Oilfield Water Assets as Big Institutional Money Flows Into The Space

Gabriel Collins, “How To Value Oilfield Water Assets as Big Institutional Money Flows Into The Space,” Oilfield Water Connection Conference, 21 June 2019, Houston, TX...

Checking In On The Texas Pacific Land Trust Power Struggle

The power struggle for control of the 900,000 Permian acres controlled by Texas Pacific Land Trust has slowed down significantly since our last update three weeks ago. This week, the battle is back in the news though as the trust opened itself to...

Digital Water: Fluid Management Through Advanced Automation

To overcome the inadequacies of outdated technology, SitePro, a digital oilfield solutions provider, developed an automation system using industrial personal computers (IPCs) that helps optimize fluid management processes...

E3 Metals Launches Study On Brine Production Infrastructure In Alberta Canada

E3 Metals engaged Integrated Sustainability to complete a study of E3's brine production and injection infrastructure optionality in the Central Clearwater Resource Area from the prolific Leduc Reservoir in Alberta, Canada...

And In The "Just For Fun" Category... A Mysterious Freshwater Reservoir Sighting...

Surveying the sub-seafloor off the eastern coast of the United States, researchers at Columbia University uncovered what appears to be the world's largest freshwater aquifer. Believed to hold at least 670 cubic miles of fresh water, the discovery could usher in similar discoveries for other regions throughout the world....


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