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Andra Wilcox to present on Water Challenge Pilot at Groundwater Protection Council UIC Conference February 12

Posting Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Andra Wilcox, Research Scientist, Energy Production, will be presenting “The Water Challenge Program Pilot: Helping Companies Advance Water Management Strategies” at the Groundwater Protection Council UIC Conference on February 12, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Water Challenge (WC) Program was created recognizing that continuous improvement is not only feasible, but also essential for both operational and environmental sustainability. The WC Program structure supports technical and operative water management strategies aimed to reduce fresh water usage, increase produced water recycling/reuse in operations, and foster transparent water management reporting. By advancing these strategies (also known 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 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 has been initiated in the Permian Basin with the objective to identify improvements that could be made, provide feedback from industry and state regulators on the structure and to begin recruiting participants for the Water Challenge when it is rolled out.

Andra serves as project manager of the Pilot and her presentation will outline the Water Challenge and discuss how others may become involved.

View the UIC Conference agenda here.