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The University Of Wyoming Center for Excellence in Produced Water Management (CEPWM) is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in oilfield water management. And their research is not only driving advancement on the technical front, but also on the economics of produced water reuse.

Last week, we had a chance to speak by phone with Dr. Jon Brant, CEPWM Director, to talk about the Center’s mission, background and projects. Here’s a few highlights:

  • CEPWM got its start about 6 years ago with a grant from the state of Wyoming to explore beneficial reuse avenues for produced water from the oil industry.
  • The Center is a collection of 15 faculty members, students, and research professionals from across the University of Wyoming.
  • The Center has graduated dozens of college students into O&G industry roles – most of these students have gone to work in Texas oilfield water positions.
  • Three focus areas for the Center within produced water management include: technology, economics of water treatment, and reuse implications.
  • A key avenue the Center is exploring is how to make produced water a resource instead of a burden – a relevant topic that regularly surfaces in our events and newsletter.
  • The CEPWM’s research footprint is not contained to just Wyoming. The organization has worked with the O&G industry and conducted research projects in the MidCon, West Texas and Rockies oilfield markets.

Today, Oilfield Water Connection is excited to announce that we will host CEPWM representatives – including several talented students and the Center’s director – during the October 4 Oilfield Water Industry Update conference (which is now only one month away).

You can read more about the Center from our conversation with Dr. Brant in this announcement welcoming them as a supporting organization for the conference. 

Speaking of the conference, the agenda has developed into a one-of-a-kind speaker line-up. If you haven’t checked it out lately, the filled-in agenda is worth a look here. If you are traveling in from out of town, now is also a good time to book your room at the Hyatt right across the street from the venue in the room block (click here to get a reduced event rate).

The attendance list is filling up fast with great people to network with, and there’s only one sponsorship opportunity remaining.

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

News Digest


Senseless, sad and impossible to understand... yes it was. But the Basin is a strong place. It's populated by good people with broad shoulders, many of whom we call friends. It's home to an oil industry with a strong moral code - an industry that is rallying around those who need help in the aftermath. This link will be our only coverage of unspeakable tragedy in the world's busiest oilfield over the weekend...

Permian Basin Roads Gain $2bn In Additional Funding

The Texas Transportation Commission voted unanimously last Thursday to provide an additional $2 billion in funding to improve Permian Basin roads...

Concho Sells New Mexico Assets For $925mm, Launches $1.5bn Share Repurchase Program

The divestiture to Spur Energy Partners includes approximately 100,000 gross acres. Current production from the Company’s Shelf assets is approximately 25 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day...

In Just 30 Days… A Must-Attend Event For Oilfield Water Business People & Investors

Another round of big name speakers has been confirmed. Some of the latest speaker additions include the following folks who will articulate unique perspectives that will only be heard in this room in Houston October 4, 2019...

University Of Wyoming CEPWM Is Pushing The Boundaries Of What’s Possible In Oilfield Water. Join Them At The Next Oilfield Water Connection Event

CEPWM is pushing the envelope on research in oilfield water, not only on the technical front but also on the economics of reuse. Read how in this update with the Center's director, and then come out and meet representatives of this important organization on October 4 in Houston...

Waste To Water: 4 Lessons Learned From A National Tour Of O&G Water Management Operations

Regular readers of this newsletter may recall issue #20 where we highlighted a New Mexico oilfield beat reporter's travels across the nation to learn about oilfield wastewater management practices. He reported findings in a "Waste To Water" series with several new installments in the Carlsbad Current Argus over the past couple of days. Here are some of his big picture takeaways...

Waste To Water: The Permian Basin Needs A Plan For Dealing With Wastewater And Tomorrow's Water Needs

Currently the preferred manner of dealing with oilfield wastewater - or produced water as it's called - is to inject it into disposal wells. Laden with salt and chemicals, it's hard to believe anyone would want to drink the recycled form of that water or use it to water crops. But imagine the possibilities...

Waste To Water: From Basin To Basin, O&G's Water Dilemma Grows As Production Booms

“Hydraulic fracturing needs water. If sourcewater, or freshwater, is expensive or not available, then produced water offers a good medium to keep it and make it reusable..."

Waste To Water: Let Your Voice Be Heard: What Is Your Take On Wastewater Recycling And Conservation?

The New Mexico newspaper behind the Waste To Water series poses this question (among others) about oilfield water: "do you feel that the use of fresh water in hydraulic fracturing should be a concern?"

How Does Blockchain Apply In Oilfield Water Management?

What is blockchain is and how does it apply to water management operations? The concept is simple. Blockchain takes an actual physical contract with executable terms and converts the contract into smart contract “code”. It may ask...

WATER TALENT POOL: Sourcewater Hiring After Series A Funding Round

The scaling Houston company is hiring for data scientists and sales professionals after closing its Series A round.

Lagoon Water Solutions Aims For Growth After Produced Water System Acquisition

“We have put a leadership team together that largely comes from upstream operators like Devon, Marathon and Continental,” Lafferty said. “They come from the world of our customers. We have lived in their shoes, and we have been there, so we know what they need..."

Oilfield Water Addressed In Texas O&G Podcast

Our friends at the Texas Oil And Gas Podcast talked to David Blackmon, discussing everything from fracing and water management to DUCs and distribution lines...

Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In South Texas Due To Drought Conditions

"I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that exceptional drought conditions pose a threat of imminent disaster in Duval, Hall, Jim Hogg, Randall, Swisher, Webb, and Zapata counties."...

Texas Drought Analysis

Much of the state saw less than normal rainfall over the past month. The state went from less than 7% either abnormally dry or in drought on July 16 to more than 72% on August 20....

Maturing Shale Will Soon Shake Up Permian Energy Industry

Energy producers and analysts alike have said the Permian Basin's shale industry is in its early innings. But the industry is rapidly maturing, and a new study cautions that transition means an industry shakeup is looming for the Permian Basin...

Badlands Tank Lines Acquires Twin Eagle Transport

The purchase was announced in this LinkedIn post...

Barton Springs, Austin-Area Water Sources Could Be Impacted By Kinder Morgan Pipeline, City Says

Construction is already beginning on the Midland-area portion of 430-mile, Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline that will cross the state of Texas. But as construction progresses on the western side of the state, the city of Austin shared concerns Wednesday about the Hill Country portion of the pipeline, which the city believes could have impacts for water quality — both at Barton Springs and for the Austin-area...

More "Paid Content" In Oilfield Water Popping Up As The Mind Share Battle Heats Up

A water company sponsored this My SA article describing the three phases of produced water treatment...

Permian Space Race: Satellites Become Latest Tool For Competitive Shale Play

"In the early days, we would drive around, see a roadside sign by a frac pond for somebody selling water and call the number," Sourcewater's Josh Adler said. "The landowner was always thrilled to hear that they could sell their water on the internet — so the question became how could we find all these people?"...

C&J Well Services Fined $2.1mm In 2014 Death Of Produced Water Trailer Worker

Nearly five years after a worker died in a fiery explosion, an oilfield company has been fined $2.1 million and put on probation...

Does Fracing Cause Earthquakes? Studies Show Link To O&G Wastewater Wells

Injecting waste water from fracking operations became the top solution to the problem as the practice led to a historic boom in production throughout the Permian Basin...


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