Project Announcements

EFD Awarded Grant from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation for the Water Challenge Pilot, focusing on the Permian Basin

Posting Date: 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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.

Texas, Oklahoma and several other states are facing significant impacts associated with water usage and disposal. Addressing the needs of all water users requires a comprehensive examination of practices, technologies and behaviors that impact water demands, supplies and management strategies. The Water Challenge Program will provide a mechanism through which O&G companies make and track commitments to reduce potable water usage, increase the use of produced water in operations and increase the beneficial use of produced water. The Program complements state regulatory actions and provides incentives and opportunities for companies to undertake and document voluntary water conservation efforts through the development and implementation of cost-effective most applicable practices that address environmental issues. The Water Challenge provides a comprehensive and transparent manner to document how industry is performing.

Through this grant from The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, EFD will initiate a Pilot of the Water Challenge focusing on the Permian Basin.

EFD has been recognized from multiple organizations, both within and outside of industry, as successfully bridging gaps in communication, fostering synergistic and strategic relationships and providing credible, unbiased research and data on the varying aspects associated with oil and gas development.