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Produced and Flowback Water in Shale Gas and Oil Production - To Reuse or Not to Reuse! (ONG850J)

Presented by: Dr. Barry Stevens
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Get Insights into the Technologies, Challenges, Risks and Rewards of Reusing Flowback and Produced Water from Oil and Gas Production.

Flowback and produced water is the largest waste stream generated in oil and gas industries. While there is public awareness over wastewater produced during shale gas development, similar technological advances in multi‐stage hydraulic fracturing are the primary mechanisms facilitating tight oil production within low permeability reservoirs throughout the United States as Western Canada Sedimentary Basins.

Many shale gas and petroleum producers are experiencing economic, political and regulatory pressures to find ways to minimize the volume of water they use and to reduce hazardous wastewater discharges. For these reasons, the reuse of flowback and produced water is becoming a viable option to many operators' water management plans.

Hydraulic fracturing is a water-intensive process that has made water management one of the most studied and widely publicized issues in shale production. There are several challenges related to water use in oil production, including:

  • Limited fresh water supply, especially in water scarce regions.
  • Identifying sustainable supplies of fresh source water for hydraulic fracturing.
  • Management of water‐based hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water fluids.
  • Sharing resources among municipal, residential and industrial users.
  • Environmental concerns regarding ground and surface water contamination and seismic activity which are related to disposal in the deep injection wells.
  • Increased trucking activity.
  • A tightening regulatory landscape.

Reusing flowback and produced water can offset hydraulic fracturing fresh water source requirements while avoiding the cost associated with flowback disposal. In geographic areas where hydraulic fracturing coincides with existing gas and oil production, the opportunity to incorporate wastewater reuse may further reduce industry's reliance on fresh source waters for hydraulic fracturing. Petroleum and gas wastewater is conventionally treated by using different biological, chemical and physical methods.

However, in addition to constituents injected into the formation during hydraulic fracturing - flowback and produced water includes minerals and organic constituents from the formation that dissolve into the fracturing water. This creates a brine solution that includes high concentrations of salts, metals, oils, greases, suspended solids and soluble organic compounds, both volatile and semi-volatile that vary over time. Therefore, the degree and treatment required to facilitate water reuse is poorly defined by the difference between the quality of the initial flowback and/or produced waters in comparison to the desired hydraulic fracturing source water specifications. Due to such reasons, major research efforts could, in the future, focus on optimizing current technologies, as well as use combined physico-chemical and/or biological treatment of produced water in order to comply with reuse and discharge limits.

This webinar by expert speaker Dr. Barry Stevens provides insight into the technologies, challenges, risks and rewards of reusing flowback and produced water from oil and gas production. It also focuses on the optimization of current technologies and use of combined physico-chemical and/or biological treatment of produced water in order to comply with reuse and discharge limits.

Session Highlights:

Get insights into the challenges, risks and rewards of reusing wastewater from shale gas wells. The session will cover topics such as:

  • Why are we here
  • Clear up some issues relating to the terminology of produced water, reuse, cycling, flowback water
  • Challenges
  • Hydro-fracturing
  • Water Management
  • Water Pathway
  • Various beneficial as well as non-beneficial uses of wastewater
  • Market Drivers
  • Cost Analysis
  • Federal, State and Local Regulations
  • Closing Comments
  • Q&A session

Who Should Attend

Senior Decision Makers From:

  • E&P Companies Operating in Californian Basins
  • E&P Companies Seeking JV Partners in California
  • Investment Firms Seeking New Opportunities
  • Regulatory Bodies & Associations

With The Following Job Titles:

  • Water Management
  • Facilities
  • Operations
  • Production
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Policy
  • Regulations
  • Hydrogeology


  • Water Treatment Technology Vendors
  • Water Logistics Companies
  • Suppliers of Water Disposal Products
  • Environmental Strategists
  • Regulatory Advisors
  • Drilling Companies
  • Suppliers of Hydrogeological Mapping
  • Suppliers of Reconditioned Water
  • Facility Construction Companies
  • Public Relations Companies
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Barry Stevens | Gas Development SpeakerDr. Barry Stevens
Dr. Barry Stevens is the founder and president of TBD America, Inc. a Technology Business Development consulting group serving the public and private sectors in the energy, fuels and water treatment industries. Barry has deep industry knowledge and front line experience in unconventional gas development (shale gas... More info

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