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Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management


November 9, 2018

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA, a workgroup has developed a draft white paper (below), that (a) synthesizes the existing regulatory frameworks related to produced water; (b)identify data gaps/policy gaps with respect to use of such water; (c) identify possible uses of renewable water, re-use water and recycled water; and (d) identify any process or other improvement opportunities with respect to such uses.

Oil and Natural Gas Produced Water Governance

White Paper (draft)

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Fast Facts

Oil and Gas Wastewater Management

  • Large volumes of wastewater are generated in the oil and gas industry.

  • Currently the majority of this wastewater is managed by disposing of it using a practice known as underground injection, where that water can no longer be accessed or used.

  • Some states and stakeholders are asking whether it makes sense to continue to waste this water, particularly in water scarce areas of the country, and what steps would be necessary to treat and renew it for other purposes.

  • (EPA Study on Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management)

Memorandum of Understanding
Between New Mexico and EPA

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