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Drowning in dirty water, Permian seeks $22 billion lifeline

Drowning in dirty water, Permian seeks $22 billion lifeline | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Overall, the region will pull up enough water this year alone to cover all of Rhode Island nearly a foot deep.

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Analyst: Water issues could extinguish Permian's surging output

Analyst: Water issues could extinguish Permian's surging output | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Permian Basin operators already have grown the region's crude output to record highs and are expected to add as much as 2 million barrels in the next five years. But an accompanying rise in water production threatens to drown the region's growth.

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West Texas sinkhole studies show more reasons for concern

West Texas sinkhole studies show more reasons for concern | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

SMU professor: "I don't want people to say we're pointing fingers toward the hydrocarbon industry."

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Partnership with Permian Basin Oil and Natural Gas Companies and Federal Agencies Leads to $3.7 Million in Conservation Impact in First Year

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Partnership with Permian Basin Oil and Natural Gas Companies and Federal Agencies Leads to $3.7 Million in Conservation Impact in First Year | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Innovative partnership announces first round of grants to conserve at-risk species

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Layne Christensen studying frack water recycling market

Layne Christensen studying frack water recycling market | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

The Woodlands-based water company Layne Christensen is looking hard at the business of recycling dirty water left over from oil and gas production. "That's one of the things everybody's talking about," said Layne CFO Michael Anderson. Layne jumped into the oil and gas business earlier this year, first drilling a half-dozen water wells for hydraulic fracturing operations in West Texas, then, in November, announcing a pact with the Texas General Land Office to drill for water on 88,000 state acres in the Delaware Basin, the western lobe of the Permian Basin, which covers 75,000 square miles in West Texas and New Mexico.

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Team detects pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites

Team detects pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.
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Rise in Earthquakes Near Texas Oilfields Prompts New Monitoring

Rise in Earthquakes Near Texas Oilfields Prompts New Monitoring | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Texas, home to two of the nation’s busiest oilfields, now has a new way for the public to track in real time how many earthquakes are rattling the Lone Star State since the expanded use of new drilling techniques.

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In Texas oil patch, jitters mount that a bust is near

In Texas oil patch, jitters mount that a bust is near | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
Steve Pruett has seen more than his share of booms in three decades in the oil business. None, though, as strange as the one gripping the Permian Basin right now. The telltale signs are the same as always, with companies like his desperate for skilled workers to man the drilling rigs that pierce the horizon in west Texas. What’s unusual, and unnerving, is that the Permian is still thrumming with activity after prices cratered for the stuff it pumps out. Crude is trading for around $50 a barrel, but this is the hottest oil patch anywhere on Earth, a swing producer influencing the trajectory of global markets and threatening OPEC. That either means the industry has become so incredibly efficient that production can continue to rise even if prices don’t, or that it’s throwing money after a
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New study reveals gaps in the methods used to assess chemicals in oilfield wastewater

New study reveals gaps in the methods used to assess chemicals in oilfield wastewater | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

A new study led by researchers with Colorado School of Mines exposes limitations with the current methods used to detect chemicals in oilfield wastewater and offers solutions to help regulators make better decisions for managing this waste stream.Oilfield wastewater is extremely salty and can co

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Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Spraberry Formation of the Midland Basin, Permian Basin Province, Texas, 2017

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean resources of 4.2 billion barrels of oil and 3.1 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Spraberry Formation of the Midland Basin, Permian Basin Province
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Report identifies ways to reduce water contamination from oil and gas development in Texas

Report identifies ways to reduce water contamination from oil and gas development in Texas | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
By: Nichole SaundersA new report from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) is shedding more light on what we know and don’t know about the potential health and environmental impacts caused by oil and gas development in Texas.The report, the first of-its-kind aut
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Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Not Currently Affecting Drinking Water Quality

A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. These production areas include the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations, which are some of the largest sources of natural gas in the country and have trillions of cubic feet of gas.

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Water Use in Fracking Soars — Exceeding Rise in Fossil Fuels Produced, Study Says

Water Use in Fracking Soars — Exceeding Rise in Fossil Fuels Produced, Study Says | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

As drillers compete for oil and natural gas, more fluids are going into and out of each fracking well. Researchers warn it’s headed for a tipping point.

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New study examines impacts of fracking on water supplies worldwide

New study examines impacts of fracking on water supplies worldwide | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Using hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from shale is a common technique used worldwide. Because the technique requires large amounts of water, however, it raises the question of whether it could lead to water shortages or competition with other water uses, especially agriculture.

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Large Swath of Texas Oil Patch Rapidly Sinking and Uplifting, Study Finds

Large Swath of Texas Oil Patch Rapidly Sinking and Uplifting, Study Finds | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
West Texas is already home to two giant sinkholes near the town of Wink caused by intensive oil and gas operations. Now, according to an unprecedented study, the "Wink Sinks" might not remain the last in the region. Geophysicists at Southern Methodist University in Dallas have found rapid rates of ground movement at various location
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Sand, water, and horsepower: Welcome to the year of the fracker

Sand, water, and horsepower: Welcome to the year of the fracker | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Oil companies are on track to produce a record 10 million barrels of American crude a day, a milestone that could be reached as soon as February largely due to another record that is expected to fall in coming months.
By the end of the year, fracking intensity is projected to exceed levels reached in 2014 - the height of the so-called shale revolution - as hydraulic fracturing operations use more sand, more water and more pumping horsepower than ever before to free oil and gas from shale rock. The result: U.S. crude production should reach an all-time high with just half the number of drilling rigs used at the peak of the last energy boom.
Welcome to the year of the fracker. The controversial technology that transformed the U.S.

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How Close is Too Close for Hydraulic Fracturing? | Water in the West

How Close is Too Close for Hydraulic Fracturing? | Water in the West | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
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New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water

New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

This piece is Part 4 of our Untapped series about the new West Texas. In arid West Texas, where rain is infrequent and rivers and lakes are few,

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Layne Christensen and the Texas General Land Office Enter Groundwater Lease Agreement to Provide Water for Delaware Basin Energy Producers

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Layne Christensen and the Texas General Land Office Enter Groundwater Lease Agreement to Provid

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Op-Ed: Studies show hydraulic fracturing is safe – in Texas and all over the country

Op-Ed: Studies show hydraulic fracturing is safe – in Texas and all over the country | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it
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Forget Oil, Water Is New Ticket for Pipeline Growth in Texas

Forget Oil, Water Is New Ticket for Pipeline Growth in Texas | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

The torrent of dirty water coming out of almost every American oil well is the next big bet for a former fund manager for billionaire Paul Allen.

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Water management becoming increasingly significant issue

Water management becoming increasingly significant issue | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Technology has unlocked billions of barrels of crude and natural gas underneath the Permian Basin.. Technology has unlocked billions of barrels of crude and natural gas underneath the Permian Basin. [...] a perhaps unintended consequence of those technological advances is they have also created an expanding need for water to be used in oil field operations. The average well requires between 500,000 and 700,000 barrels of water — that’s more than 21 million gallons — to be hydraulically fractured, a figure that is expected to only continue climbing as operators drill longer laterals and complete their wells with bigger fracturing jobs, requiring even more water. Operators are increasingly focused on reducing or eliminating their demand for fresh water by recycling and reusing produced or flowback water. Wells in the Delaware Basin alone are producing enough water to support fracturing operations, said Bridget Scanlon, senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology. J. Michael Anderson, senior vice president and chief financial officer with Layne Christensen Co., overseeing his company’s new energy infrastructure business that will provide water to operators in the Delaware Basin, up to 100,000 barrels a day. The company has already built a pipeline to Odessa’s water treatment plant and its recent contract with Midland calls for Pioneer to build a new waste water treatment plant for Midland and then purchase the effluent water at the back end, as it does with Odessa.

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Analysts: Water Needs, Spend To Escalate

Analysts: Water Needs, Spend To Escalate | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

With operators drilling faster and employing longer laterals, completions now require triple the volumes of water per frack than five years ago, according to Bluefield Research.

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Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes | Texas Liquid Gold - Oil or Water? | Scoop.it

Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale plays pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, a consortium of the state's top scientists concluded. In the most comprehensive analysis of the environmental and social impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas found that the shale oil boom that delivered so much prosperity to Texas also has degraded natural resources, overwhelmed small communities and even boosted the frequency and severity of traffic collisions as workers and equipment rush to oil fields. Fracking, which uses a high-pressured concoction of water, sand and chemicals to free oil and gas from dense shale rock, is also spreading rapidly across Texas, the study noted. Houston's Apache Corp., for instance, is experimenting with a large-scale water recycling program in west Texas, where it has come under significant scrutiny as it develops a new oil field near Balmorhea State park and local springs that provide water for farming, drinking supplies and the park's famous pool. The state Parks & Wildlife Department, meanwhile, has launched an unprecedented study of wildlife, plants and water nearby to monitor the environmental impact of Apache's project. The report noted that the state has no single database tracking environmental impacts, no system for conducting regular research on plants and animals affected, and little detail on wastewater spills from shale drilling and fracking. [...] the study found little evidence to connect shale oil production emissions to health effects, adding that there isn't much research on the issue. Scientists need to better track baseline land and habitat conditions near oil and gas fields, the report said, and record changes to wildlife and vegetation over time.

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