The Texas Water Journal published the second paper for the Volume 11, Number 1, 2020 issue: an article titled “Oilfield Water Infrastructure Connectivity: The Case for a ‘Hydrovascular’ Network in the Permian Basin,” by Gabriel Collins.
The paper focuses on the current phase of oilfield water infrastructure buildout in the Permian Basin. According to the abstract, a hydrovascular grid in the Permian Basin could lower oil and gas production costs, conserve scarce freshwater by promoting greater recycling and reuse of produced water, help mitigate seismicity risks and facilitate movement of produced water at large scale for use outside the oilfield. This paper assesses the barriers to such integration and concludes by offering a set of practical ideas to overcome these barriers and help transform oilfield water into a resource for West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.
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