Produced water management: controversy vs. opportunity

One of the most controversial areas of oil and gas production operations today is the handling, treatment, and disposal of produced water.The oil and gas producing industry generates tens of billions of barrels of produced water every year along with the hydrocarbons it recovers, and with that practice comes mounting concerns about waste and contamination of water. “The world’s population has insatiable demands for two equally precious commodities, potable water and fossil fuels,” notes Doug Biles, president and CEO of Wescorp Energy Inc. “Unfortunately, the pursuit of one always seems to be at odds with the pursuit of the other. The perception exists that the dema...

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