Coming Soon: A fresh look for an industry that’s always innovating
Skip to main content

Energy Tomorrow Blog

Oilfields Offer Alternative Water Source for Food Production

water quality  recycled water  oilfield 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted June 10, 2020

For more than 25 years, natural gas and oil producers have been reusing oilfield water to irrigate farms in southern California. This industry-driven approach, which mixes oilfield and surface water, strengthens agricultural output and resource conservation in the drought-prone Cawelo Water District.

The use of oilfield produced water (OPW) for irrigation is permitted under California Water Board policy, and a new study by researchers at Duke University and RTI International confirms that OPW is “of comparable quality to the local groundwater in the region.” The practice, which does not pose major risks to crop or human health, has benefited farmers faced with increasing water shortages.

More »

CWA Section 401 Improvements Will Help U.S. Infrastructure

clean water act  pipelines  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 4, 2020

EPA has announced its final rule to modernize Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which will clarify the jurisdiction of states in issuing required water quality certifications. As discussed in this post, the changes will help the timely advance of needed infrastructure projects – which in some instances EPA believes have been delayed or blocked by states exceeding their Section 401 authority.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the CWA review process has been abused in the past, holding key infrastructure “hostage.”

More »

U.S. Infrastructure Needs Updated Section 401 in Clean Water Act

infrastructure  new york  pipelines  clean water act 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 28, 2020

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about building new railroad tunnels under the Hudson River, new subways and airports – as he did Wednesday after a White House meeting with President Trump – he hits the right infrastructure notes – urgency on critical public needs, forming partnerships, getting bureaucracies to move quicker and so on.

Unfortunately, the governor’s bullishness on infrastructure doesn’t extend to natural gas pipelines. Just the opposite. Cuomo and his administration seem to have blocked pipeline projects at every turn – underscoring the need for revisions to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). I’ll explain.

More »

Foster Progress on Water Reuse and Recycle

water  conservation  technology  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 17, 2019

With industry keenly focused on conserving water in production zones across the country, a draft federal water reuse plan unveiled this summer by EPA has the potential to foster innovations and investments that can accelerate sound management practices.

In official comments on the plan, API and a number of other energy associations encouraged the agency to consider ways to “provide maximum flexibility, certainty, and clarity” to existing regulatory structures while removing federal barriers within the federal government’s control that discourage and disincentivize the reuse, recycling, and fit-for-treatment uses of water.

At issue is water produced in association with well development that must be captured and accounted for in ways that protect the environment – including treating it for reuse in energy operations or disposal in federally regulated disposal wells.

More »

Weighing In on EPA's Wastewater Study

water management  recycled water  epa  industry standards 

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted October 9, 2018

EPA held a public hearing on its Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management and heard a number of comments. These include those from operators and trade associations representing industry nationally and in states with high levels of oil and natural gas production – all supporting safe, responsible onshore development using innovative solutions that protect water. A sampling.

More »

Technologies, Innovations Advance Water Stewardship

water management  recycled water  hydraullic fracturing  innovation  technology  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2018

Responsibly managing water resources is fundamental to modern natural gas and oil development. The U.S. energy renaissance is being driven by high-tech hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and those processes use water to produce the natural gas and oil that run our economy and the daily lives of individual Americans.

Though the amount of water used for energy is a fraction of overall water use by society – a Texas report pegged it at less than 1 percent of the state's total water use, industry knows that water is critically important to the welfare of the communities that host natural gas and oil development. Which is why individual companies are focused on cutting-edge technologies, systems and facilities to reuse water in their operations.

Bottom line: Using less freshwater to develop energy is important to communities and the environment – and it’s smart business as well. Examples of these technologies abound.



More »

Industry Investments Power Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Environment  conservation  social-license-to-operate  air quality  water management  reclamation 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 22, 2018

Our industry is committed to the responsible development of energy that not only powers our daily lives, but also provides access to clean water, clean air and natural environments that are suitable for outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing and more.

More »

Safeguarding Water for Environmental Progress

social-license-to-operate  water management  Oil and Gas 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted January 22, 2018

As an industry, we’re constantly striving to do more – for our employees, our customers, our communities and the world. We’re committed to finding safer and more responsible ways to provide the natural gas and oil that power our modern lives, which means protecting the air, land and water in our operations.

More »

On Fracking, EPA Should Stand With the Science

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  safety standards  epa  water 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 9, 2016

With EPA’s finalize report expected any day now, Americans should ask what scientific evidence has EPA accumulated since August that would compel the agency to drop or water down its conclusion. The answer is simple: None. The science and the data led to the conclusion in EPA’s 2015 draft report. The agency should stand by it. Any other outcome would be bowing to political arguments, not scientific ones.

More »

Vote For Water Management And Conservation - Vote4Energy

production  water management  Oil and Gas  vote4energy  everything  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted September 1, 2016

Our industry understands that water is a valuable natural resource. That’s why oil and natural gas companies are constantly improving their water management and conservation practices. Company efforts typically fall into three different categories.  

More »