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Webinar | January 28, 2016

Produced Water Reuse and Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities

Anne Roberts Brody, Policy Analyst

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 explored alternative uses and factors that influence the demand for alternative uses, as well as environmental concerns posed by produced water.

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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