Texas Produced Water Consortium Reports to Texas Legislature | KLBK | KAMC

The following is a press release from Texas Tech University:

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Tues Texas Produced Water Consortium (TXPWC) released its preliminary findings Thursday (September 1) in a report to the Texas Legislature titled “Beneficial Utilization of Produced Water in Texas: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Way Forward.”

Enacted by Senate Bill 601 in 2021, the consortium was formed to bring together stakeholders and other information sources to study the economics, treatment technologies, and environmental and public health considerations for the beneficial use of produced water outside of the oil and gas industry.

In detail in the report, the consortium estimates that the potential to treat produced water from the Permian Basin could result in an estimated 2 billion barrels per year (256,000 acre-ft) of treated produced water, with up to 4 billion barrels per year (511,000 acre-feet) that may become available for use in this arid region of the state.

“The Texas Legislature is proactively seeking new water sources to alleviate projected future shortages,” said Consortium Executive Director Rusty Smith. “The treatment of produced water for useful use is already taking place in other states. If we can demonstrate that produced water in Texas can be treated to a quality that protects public health and the environment, it could be a game changer for future generations.”

Pilot projects focused on testing and analyzing treated production water are next on the horizon for the TXPWC.

Smith sees great value in the ability of these projects to provide more data on achievable water quality and economics associated with the beneficial use of treated production water.

“We are working to develop calls for proposals over the coming months to identify and select pilot projects, and continue our current work to discuss public policies and regulatory approaches to beneficial use,” he said. “I am very proud of everything that the members and staff of the consortium have achieved so far and very excited to see what the next phase has in store for us.”

The TXPWC is a membership-based organization housed within the Office for Research and Innovation at Texas Tech University, made up of oil and gas interest groups, environmental NGOs, other academic institutions, public utilities, landowners and agricultural institutions. For more information about the consortium and the report to the Texas Legislature, go to txpwc.ttu.edu.

(Texas Tech University press release)

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