Produced Water Report: Regulations, Current Practices, and Research Needs
The GWPC released a 'Produced Water Report' on June 24, 2019, that examines current regulations, practices, and research needed to expand the use of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, as a resource.
Led by its member states, the GWPC brought together a collaboration of scientists, regulatory officials, members of academia, the oil and gas industry, and environmental groups to explore roles produced water might play in developing greater water certainty. The report consists of three focused modules which include:
- Module 1: Current Legal, Regulatory & Operational Frameworks
- Module 2: Produced Water Reuse in Unconventional Oil & Gas Operations
- Module 3: Produced Water Reuse & Research Needs Outside Oil & Gas Operations
Freshwater stress is driven by rising populations, regional droughts, declining groundwater levels and several other factors. When surface water is scarce, communities and industries typically turn to groundwater to meet their freshwater needs. Produced water may become a resource that could reduce the use of freshwater for some of these needs in specific locations.
The Produced Water Report is comprised of three modules that examine produced water from different approaches. The electronic PDF of the report is available for download below, as well as the report broken into different pieces.