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Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group

Feb. 10, 2017 The Latest:

  • Next meeting: 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.
  • The PW Study is expected to release a draft version in late February.
  • Preliminary Legislation related to the topic of PW has been submitted.
  • Meeting is expected to review and discuss the Study's preliminary findings as well as language in certain proposed legislation.
  • 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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