GWPC to Address Produced Water Management Options in 2016 and Beyond
The Ground Water Protection Council announced it will work with member states and other key stakeholders to begin a multi-year project that will address challenges and foster solutions for the alternative management and beneficial use of produced water.
The initiative, which was announced by 2016 GWPC President Leslie Savage at the Annual UIC Conference in Denver, aims to improve environmental stewardship and conserve natural resources by identifying key environmental risks that need to be addressed in order to safely manage produced water in ways other than deep well injection. The potential to reuse produced water has recently sparked a greater interest in the 800 billion gallons produced annually.
"We are excited about this forward-looking project that will begin by defining what questions should state regulatory agencies be asking now to better define what synergies might be feasible in the future," said Mike Paque, GWPC executive director.
Project research will also include identifying available information on produced water quality, reviewing available data on quantities of produced water, compiling current laws governing produced water reuse, legal issues and examining treatment technology and considerations relating to field operations.
The new initiative comes on the heels of a successful project released just last year by the GWPC in correlation with the StatesFirst Initiative on induced seismicity, which was extremely beneficial in providing states guidance in mitigating the risks of induced seismic events.
The GWPC is currently in the project planning stages and will be assembling a project team and providing stakeholder meetings in coming months. Stakeholders will include state governments, the federal government, academia, and non-governmental organizations.
The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose members consist of state ground water regulatory agencies which come together within the GWPC organization to mutually work toward the protection of the nation’s ground water supplies. The purpose of the GWPC is to promote and ensure the use of best management practices and fair but effective laws regarding comprehensive ground water protection. For more information visit www.gwpc.org or follow @GWPCorg on Twitter.