Issue #25 | Larger Than Life

Oilfield Water Weekly

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Oil industry history is rich with larger than life characters.

While the wildcatting days have mostly transitioned into a corporate-dominated landscape in the unconventional era, the oilfield still produces its fair share of big personalities and wild stories. 

As most of our Permian readers have probably heard by now, the Hanging H Ranch out in Reeves County went under LOI this past Friday. It didn’t go quietly, and one of its owners has earned his place on the all-time great list of larger than life oilfield characters.

Infill Thinking published an update this week documenting the bidding process, outcome, and action-packed finale when the ranch’s stakeholders and interested parties came together at the courthouse on Friday in Pecos. This is our top story in the digest below.

You’ll probably see some of the folks involved in that land deal (and plenty others like it) at our Industry Update Conference next week. Yep, there’s only a week and a half to wait now until the event. 

On October 4, about 170 of the oilfield water industry’s finest will gather in the Houston Petroleum Club to network and experience the unique discussion teed up to hit the stage. 

Last we checked, there were less than 10 seats open – please visit the registration page to check availability. See you there!

And now, here is the top oilfield water news and analysis from the past 7 days…


News Digest

Wild Wild West – Some Big News Brewing In A Key West Texas Ranch Sale Process

Infill Thinking has confirmed that an LOI on a sales agreement has been signed on a West Texas ranch at the center of a bidding war, family controversy, and the oilfield water frenzy.

Agua Libre Launches New Website - Notable Branding Step For This Newco

The Agua Libre team launched a new website telling the story of the newly formed company spun off from Basic Energy Services about six weeks ago. Come hear their own Jim Newman tell the story next week at the October 4 Oilfield Water Connection Industry Update...

Antero Resources Idles Produced Water Treatment Plant

Antero has idled its Doddridge County facility as it evaluates whether this is the best method vs. disposal. The plant can treat a maximum capacity of up to 40,000 barrels of water a day. For the last year, it has been treating between 20,000 and the maximum each day...

WATER TALENT POOL: People On The Move...

A 35-year Schlumberger veteran, David Christmas, has joined Fluid Delivery Solutions as CEO...

City Of Odessa Explains Ordinance Proposed For Polluted Groundwater Inside The City Limits

Polluted groundwater has forced the City of Odessa to put a new ordinance on the table...

Oxy Selling Stake In Plains All American For $650M

As Occidental Petroleum seeks to trim down after buying Anadarko Petroleum for $30 billion, the company said it would sell its stake in Plains All American Pipeline for $650 million...

Midstream Energy Asset Management Business Of Advisory Research Inc. Sold to Tortoise Capital Advisors

The deal combines two long standing midstream energy investment teams...

Pickering Energy Partners Announces Strategic Joint Venture with Henry Resources

The joint venture will pursue acquisitions of producing oil and gas assets across the Permian Basin where Henry has operated for over 50 years...

Testing A System Where Machines Decide How Much To Pay A Trucker, And Send A Check

About 16 people can end up touching the paperwork required to move a truckload of water from a well in the Bakken to a salt-water disposal site. Rebecca Hofmann hopes to slash that total to zero...

A Look At "Keying" Slurry Walls Into Shale Bedrock To Seal Off Water Flows

Slurry wall under construction for a new reservoir located 10 miles northeast of downtown Denver on the South Platte River. Due to water rights law, reservoirs must be sealed off from the groundwater so that all inflows to and outflows from the reservoir can be measured...

Oilfield Wastewater's Untapped Potential: Rare Earth Elements

Does wastewater from oil and gas extraction contain more untapped profit in rare earth elements than the actual oil and gas?

The World’s First Commercial Rapid Petrolithium Recovery System Deploys To The Marcellus...

Post-concentration lithium values in the range of 1,000ppm have been reported by Eureka and verified by MGX from produced water from within the Marcellus Shale...

Imagine The Opportunity In New Mexico From Produced Water Reuse [Op-Ed]

Finding solutions for how to use wastewater generated by the energy industry in New Mexico won’t be easy. Wells in the Permian Basin alone generated some 42 billion gallons of “produced water” last year... but imagine the gains for the state if those 42 billion gallons could be put to good use...

Study Suggests Texas Address Oil & Gas Wastewater, While New Mexico Seeks Solutions

Oil and gas producers in Texas are seeking ways to mitigate waste water from oil and gas operations, as state lawmakers in neighboring New Mexico moved to do the same...

Is It Really Different This Time? [A Good Read On E&P Fundamentals]

Paul Sparks is a 35-year E&P veteran. He predicted the wave of E&P M&A. See his latest thoughts on the state of the US E&P Industry here...

Rice To Play Critical Role In $100mm DOE Desalination Hub

Rice University engineers are set to play a key role in a $100 million federal effort to develop innovative desalination technologies that can tap nontraditional water sources and ensure the nation has an adequate supply of clean water.

Permian Basin Experience Podcast Hosts Ryan West To Talk Water And Fracing

A completions engineer joined the show to talk water and fracing...

Odessa Holds A Public Meeting To Address Groundwater Contamination

Although the responsible Oil Company has been working on cleaning up the water for decades they still need to City’s approval, in the form of a municipal setting designation (MSD), to make it illegal for residents to drink the water...

Permian Producer To Evaluate New Produced Oilfield Water System

Please note - this press release is a bit heavy on the marketing, but is worth noting for folks wanting to stay abreast of new developments in this corner of the market. RWI Enhanced Evaporation claims their newly engineered design cuts evap costs to .006 cents per barrel. At the same time it emits water droplets of 75 microns or larger, which sedimentate out into the evaporation pond. An operator is checking the system in the Permian for the first time...

Oil And Gas Chemical Management Operations [Sitepro Video]

It’s hard to believe that one of the smallest tanks at a facility can account for some of the highest operating costs associated with saltwater disposal and production facilities...

Oilfield Water Paid Content In Permian Newspapers: Orion’s HYDRA 5K™ DAF Unit

How much water does the Permian Basin produce along with all that oil and gas?

Science Is Focus Of Flex-Chem’s Growth In The Oil Patch [Company Profile]

The company’s use of microbes allows the re-use of the wastewater, reduces costs for drilling companies and also lessens the environmental impact...

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