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Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management


December 21, 2018

The State of New Mexico and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compiled the public input we received on the draft white paper titled: Oil and Natural Gas Produced Water Governance in the State of New Mexico. The public input is now available on the EPA’s website in accordance with our privacy policies (e.g. redaction of personal information like email addresses, telephone numbers, etc.). You can access the public input by following this link (Adobe Acrobat PDF file) or via URL below. The State of New Mexico and the EPA will continue to review the public input received on the draft white paper in 2019.


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)

Supplemental Announcement and FAQ's:
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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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