Produced Water Reuse and Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities

Produced water is a term used to describe water trapped in underground formations that is brought to the surface during oil and gas exploration and production. Because the water has been in contact with the hydrocarbon-bearing formation for centuries, it carries some of the chemical characteristics of the formation and the hydrocarbon itself. Produced water may include water from the reservoir, water injected into the formation, and any chemicals added during the drilling, production, and treatment processes. Often, produced water is regarded as wastewater, but if managed as a resource rather than a waste for disposal, produced water has the potential to be used beneficially, such as helping to alleviate drought and reducing earthquakes caused by waste water injection. This webinar explores alternative uses and factors that influence the demand for alternative uses, as well as environmental concerns posed by produced water.

Produced Water Reuse and Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. EST
Presented by CSG South/Southern Legislative Conference
 

 

Download the slides in PDF.

 

Presenters:

 

Holly Pearsen
Senior attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
 
Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham
Senior scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
 

Leslie Savage
Assistant Director for Technical Permitting
Railroad Commission of Texas

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