Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • US Oil & Gas Majors
  • Leading Bakken Operators
  • Leading Niobrara Operators
  • Leading San Juan Basin Operators
  • Leading Piceance Basin Operators
  • Leading Uinta Basin Operators
  • Leading Green River Basin Operators
  • Leading Powder River Basin Operators
  • Canadian Bakken Operators
  • Independent Operators Throughout The Rockies
  • Leading Operators Active In Other Major American Shale Plays
  • Government & Regulatory Bodies

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  • CEOs, COOs and VPs, Directors & Managers Of...
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  • Hydraulic Fracturing Service Providers
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Produced Water Reuse Initiative 2013

It is easy to find evidence of the shale revolution throughout the Rockies. North Dakota has been transformed by the explosive growth of the Bakken, establishing the state as the second largest producer of oil in the United States. Reserves are plentiful to such an extent that production could continue for decades. However, there is major threat to this success: the water issue. The general consensus is that supporting operations entirely with freshwater is unsustainable at the current rate of growth. Furthermore, the inefficiencies of sourcing, transporting and disposing of this water can always be relied upon to put a severe dent in profits.

Surely there's room to improve efficiency and reduce costs while decreasing reliance on fresh water?

Of course most operators are well aware of this problem, and a number are actively seeking out solutions to reuse produced water. Some are trying to frac with high TDS water, while others are looking into using distillation or evaporation methods to return produced water to a potable condition. There is a lot of exciting work being done.

This year's Produced Water Reuse: Rockies Shale Plays Initiative 2013 was the place to follow these exciting developments. With a specific focus on driving down the costs of reusing water to ensure that it is a cost-effective alternative to sourcing and disposal, this unique, focused two-day summit offered the most exciting and innovative solutions for water management in the Rockies, providing a tangible, bottom line benefits to all operators.

The Produced Water Reuse: Rockies Shale Plays Initiative 2013 was entirely focused upon improving completions and production economics through effective water management. Every session, whether technical, regulatory or strategic, was aimed at providing a particular economical benefit. The first day of the conference  looked a number of the most successful ways of reusing produced water to ultimately reduce the freshwater burden and drive down operational costs.

However, even the most successful recycling technique will require existing water supplies to be topped up, and there will continue to be a need for freshwater for the foreseeable future. Therefore, day two looked into minimizing the inefficiencies surrounding of water sourcing, storage, transport and disposal. There were thorough economical analyses of the practical and regulatory aspects in each of these areas, with the specific aim of making the logistical process as cost-effective as possible.

The Produced Water Reuse Initiative 2013 has been entirely focused upon making water management in the Rockies a cost-effective process. With water being a potentially major obstacle to the fantastic potential of the Rockies shale plays, this conference will be indispensible for everyone with an interest in tight oil or shale gas developments in the Rockies.

If these water management problems can be arrested, there is every chance that the Bakken, as well as the Niobrara, Uinta, Piceance and DJ can continue their astounding econmical growth for decades to come.

Missed Event


For the shale revolution to continue its incredible progress in the Rocky Mountains' Bakken, Niobara, DJ Basin, Piceance and Uinta....

.....there needs to be a consistent and readily available water supply. Accessing freshwater is becoming more difficult than ever, and there is now an increasingly pressing need to look at innovative approaches. Whether operators are looking at recycling produced water to minimize fresh water requirements or redesigning frac gels to cope with high TDS water, across the board there has been no shortage of creative thinking on the most economical way to overcome the problem.

What is lacking is successful, practical, economical application. By bringing operators throughout the Rockies together, the Produced Water Reuse Initiative 2013 offered an opportunity to find the most efficient water treatment in the space of just two days. A variety of the critical aspects of water management will be addressed by operators actively practicing them, including recycling, disposal and transport, with each session having the same ultimate goal: to drive down costs and improve completions economics.

What Was New This Year?

  • ROCKIES ORIENTED: Using data and studies specifically from the Bakken, Niobrara and DJ, Piceance and Uinta basins to provide solutions to problems relative to the unique characteristics of this region
  • ECONOMICS FOCUSED: With the main issue in water management being to be as cost-effective as possible, all sessions have been engineered to deliver solutions for minimizing completions costs.
  • DECISIONS FOCUSED: All sessions have been geared towards helping operators evaluate trade offs and actually make decisions on every aspect of water management from which treatment technology to invest in to using the right frac chemicals

Key Topics Addressed:

  • RECYCLING VS. DISPOSAL: Assessing the effectiveness of different recycling technologies to evaluate it as an economic alternative to transporting and disposing produced water
  • FRESH WATER VS. PRODUCED WATER: Examining the permits, regulations and the effectiveness on fracs to determine the most efficient long-term sourcing option
  • FRAC FLUID COMPATIBILITY: Understanding if it is more effective to treat produced water to be compatible with current frac fluids or use innovative frac fluids that are compatible with untreated water
  • PIPELINES VS. TRUCKING: Examining the costs of trucking vs. permanent underground and temporary over ground pipeline systems to determine most cost-effective method
  • INNOVATIVE DISPOSAL METHODS: Looking at innovative alternative disposal methods to avoid delays caused by disposal well permits and lack of disposal well availability
  • NORTH DAKOTA VS. COLORADO: Exploring the regulatory requirements in each state to build productive working relationships with regulators and accelerate permitting procedures
  • WATER STORAGE: Comparing the attributes of pits and water tanks as short and long-term methods for storing water in order to find a cost-effective solution for storage in the volatile climate of the Rockies and North Dakota.


Valence Operating Co.

Very informative, very good agenda and presentations"

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