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Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group

March 28, 2017 The Latest:

  • DRAFT STUDY- Water for 2060 Produced Water Reuse and Recycling is now available for download. Comments due by March 24th. Report update tentatively scheduled for April 7.
  • Latest meeting was Friday, March 10th, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon CST, in the Board Room of the OWRB Oklahoma City office, 3800 Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 (AGENDA) (Presentation).
  • Preliminary Legislation related to the topic of PW has been submitted (see below).
    • HB 1485 (Watson) / SB 287 (Griffin) clarifying Clean Water Act jurisdiction of state agencies. This is a Title 27A amendment to allow state regulation of discharge from oil and gas extraction facilities. 
    • SB 743 (Schulz) creates the Oil and Gas Produced Water Recycling and Reuse Act, requires OCC to identify produced water as hazardous waste and develop rules for recycling and reuse of such waste.
    • SB 285 – (Schulz) Expands Brine Act to include Produced Water, and treats produced water as brine under the act.
    • SB 475 – (Schulz) Expands tax collections on skim oil to treat salt water from produced water the same.
    • HB 1900 (Calvey) accounting for transfer of oil and gas wastewater for recycling. (This bill now may have its objectives accounted for in other bills and not be necessary)
    • HB 1840 (Osborn) – currently a shell bill; however, it is reserved for any disposal or recycling incentives that may be developed to encourage other utilization of produced water outside of Arbuckle disposal. 
  • Application submitted Jan. 5th for Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART grant to fund a deeper look at some of the Study's more promising findings. Awards announcement in May or June.

The Water for 2060 Advisory Councilís recommendations for the energy and industry sector include promoting the industrial use of marginal quality waters, such as produced water, and increasing opportunities for energy and industry water users to share information and supplies. On Dec. 1, 2015, Governor Mary Fallin announced the formation of a fact-finding work group to look at ways that water produced in oil and natural gas operations may be recycled or reused instead of being injected into underground disposal wells.

The non-regulatory Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group has been charged with identifying regulatory, technical, and economic barriers to produced water reuse as well as looking at opportunities and challenges associated with treating produced water for beneficial uses, such as industrial use, or crop irrigation.



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