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Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group


  • January 2018
    Technical workshops were held with industry specialists to discuss produced water reuse via pipeline transfer and evaporation solutions as opposed to injection disposal.
    Notes and presentations will be available for download in February.
  • December 2017Our thanks to the folks at Poseidon Saltwater Systems for showing us around their plant and helping the PWWG better understand the process of evaporation as a practical method to deal with the challenge of produced water in our state.
    Feasibility Study partners tour Poseidon Saltwater Evaporation Facility
  • Phase 2 Begins
    USBR grant contracting has been completed and the 18 month study begins in earnest. Project Study partners will now focus on several aspects following the initial high-level scoping study of the state's produced water (PW) challenges. Building on the most encouraging leads from Phase 1 study:
    • Investigation of the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of the transfer of PW from the state's Mississippi Lime play to the central Oklahoma plays for reuse in oil and gas operations.
    • Investigation of technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of current PW evaporation technologies on a wide scale as a PW management option.
  • May 2017 Phase 2 Awarded
    $150,000 Federal (matched with $150,000 Local Cost-Share - In Kind) PWWG's proposal to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Title XVI WaterSMART Grants to fund a deeper look at some of Phase 1 more promising findings. Project Partners include: OWRB, GWPC, EDF, and BEG-UT.
  • April 2017 Study Finalized
    Download Full Report | Summary Handout
  • March 10, 2017 Meeting
    Agenda | Minutes | Presentation
  • 2017 Legislative Session
    • SB 285 – (Schulz) Oklahoma Brine and Produced Water Development Act, and treats produced water as brine under the act. - Available for consideration and amendments during 2018 legislative session.
    • SB 287 (Griffin) clarifying Clean Water Act jurisdiction of state agencies to handle permitting of PW discharges. - Signed by Governor
    • SB 475 – (Schulz) Expands tax collections on skim oil to treat salt water from produced water the same. - Failed Deadline – April 27, 2017. Available for consideration and amendments during 2018 legislative session.
    • 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. - Available for consideration and amendments during 2018 legislative session.

About the PWWG

The Water for 2060 Advisory Council's 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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