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As the massive volumes of water pumped into oil and gas wells continues to increase, energy trade groups said Wednesday they’re partnering on a new research project to assess to issue.
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and the Independent Petroleum Association of America are starting a new joint effort on a study called “Sustainable Produced Water Policy, Regulatory Framework and Management in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry: 2019 and Beyond.”
With the vast majority of new wells being drilled horizontally and completed using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, each well can now consume up to 25 million gallons of water, up from just 5 million gallons a few years ago. And most of this water isn’t recycled.
The Texas Alliance said the study will consider the significant change in water volumes and examine water recycling for the industry. The research will analyze the costs and benefits of water use and the associated environmental risks.
While not a third-party, independent research project, the Texas Alliance said the study will be released in the spring of 2019 and provide a reference for the oil and gas industry, legislators and state regulators to help determine the best plans for water use in the energy industry.