Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Andra Wilcox to present on Water Challenge Pilot at the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) Annual Forum - September 11

Posting Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

HARC research scientist, Andra Wilcox, will be presenting “The Water Challenge Program Pilot Helping Industry Advance Water Management Strategies” at the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) Annual Forum on September 11, 2018.

Energy development requires and yields significant amounts of water. Sometimes, this water can be recycled/reused. Sometimes it can’t. Industry has been doing this a long time and knows the value of water. The Water Challenge (WC) Program was created recognizing that continuous improvement is essential for operational and environmental sustainability. The WC Program structure supports technical/operative water management strategies to reduce fresh water usage, increase produced water recycling/reuse, research beneficial reuse of produced water, and foster transparent water management reporting. By advancing these strategies (referred to as most applicable practices [MAPs]) and identifying opportunities to continuously improve operational performance, companies can increase shareholder value, enhance products/services for stakeholders and demonstrate sustainable water management commitments. Operators participate in the Water Challenge (WC) Program by implementing and transparently reporting water management strategies the company knows to be most effective/applicable.

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by HARC, works with industry, academia, regulators, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to provide unbiased science addressing environmental/societal aspects associated with petroleum drilling and production operations.

A Pilot of the Water Challenge was initiated in the Permian Basin in mid-2017 with the objective to identify improvements that could be made, provide feedback from industry and state regulators, and begin recruiting participation for the full Water Challenge Program.

Andra served as project manager of the Pilot and her presentation will cover the Water Challenge Pilot, key findings, steps going forward, and how others may become involved.