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Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM MST
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New Mexico Produced Water Conference

New Mexico Produced Water Conference     

"Policy, Regulations and Economics to
Support Total Resource Recovery"
Full Resource Recovery Opportunities and Needs
The oil & gas industry in the New Mexico is currently facing two major challenges associated with water management that threaten to limit future oil and gas development in the state: acquiring fresh water for drilling and development of new wells; and management of produced water. These challenges are especially critical in southeastern New Mexico, which is arid, has limited fresh water resources, and where produced water disposal by deep well injection is becoming constrained by dwindling geologic disposal capacity and induced seismicity concerns. To help address these issues, New Mexico recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clarify the existing regulatory and permitting frameworks related to the way produced water from oil and gas extraction can be re-used, recycled, and renewed for other purposes.
As noted by EPA, “While underground injection certainly has its utility and place, alternatives are available that treat wastewater from oil and natural gas extraction for re-introduction into the hydrologic cycle which is especially important in arid areas suffering from drought like New Mexico.” 
And from state of New Mexico officials:
* “New Mexico is currently the third largest oil producer in the United States and that oil is accompanied by even larger quantities of water. Clarifying the state and federal regulatory frameworks associated with its recycling and reuse is of the utmost importance,” New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Ken McQueen.
* “Reuse of this water in appropriate applications has the potential to relieve the growing demand on our ground and surface water sources. For that reason alone, this effort makes absolute sense,” New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine.
* “If there are better, viable uses of this water, it is important to ensure the framework is adequate to both facilitate reuse and protect public health and the environment – this MOU targets these objectives,” New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Butch Tongate.
The conference is intended for oil and gas, water treatment and management, and economic development professionals. The meeting will help facilitate greater collaboration among stakeholders to synthesize and improve New Mexico and federal regulatory and environmental frameworks; and to foster economically viable opportunities to enhance fresh water conservation, produced water resource recovery, and produced water beneficial use. 
The conference will be held in Santa Fe, November 15-16, 2018. 
Speakers will include:
* Administrators from New Mexico, the EPA, and the Department of the Interior discussing produced water issues and trends.
* Representatives from the oil and gas industry and midstream companies on reuse of produced water and technical and policy challenges in New Mexico
* Technical experts on emerging produced water treatment approaches, reuse, and resource recovery options
* Private equity, legal, and state infrastructure experts on the requirements, logistics, regional economic development opportunities, and viable cost structures to industry and developers.
Presented by: New Mexico Desalination Association and our co-sponsors; New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute and Petroleum Recovery Research Center, A Division of New Mexico Tech

Watch for further details and programs!