New Mexico Produced Water Conference This November

"Policy, Regulations and Economics to Support Total Resource Recovery"
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

The oil & gas industry in 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.

The New Mexico Produced Water Conference Planning Committee are working hard and excited about our Keynote Speakers and Sessions. Watch for Further Details!

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A block of rooms is reserved at the Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa at a special room rate of $119 per night. Please call 1-877-259-3409 and mention New Mexico Produced Water Conference. 

The room block and rate is reserved 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference. The room rate includes waived nightly resort fees, complimentary wifi parking. This room block is honored until October 16, 2018. All reservations after October 16, 2018 will be accepted on a space & rate available basis.

Call for Poster Abstracts:

The 2018 New Mexico Produced Water Conference is a perfect opportunity to exchange information, update professionals, scientists and regulators on projects, and collaborate with your colleagues on new ideas. We are seeking abstracts for posters from both professionals and students for an evening mixer poster session on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Posters pertaining to a broad range of Produced Water issues are welcome including treatment, desalination, transportation/storage, economics, environmental issues, alternative or beneficial uses, regulations and management..

Example Topics: Desalination, Pretreatment, Concentrate Management, Waste Management or alternative uses, Salinity Policy & Government, Challenges and Progress in Developing, Brackish or Saline Groundwater for use in Oil and Gas. Salinity in the Environment and Water/Energy Nexus

For poster approval, please submit your electronic abstract by Monday, October 29, 2018 to:

Submittal should be less than 200 words in a MS Word format. They should include title, name of author (s), organization and e-mail address of the primary contact person.