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Reusing Produced Water Becoming More Economical in the Permian

A map showing the range of the Permian Basin and the distribution of oil wells in the region. Bridget Scanlon.

New research from the University of Texas at Austin found that recycling produced water from hydraulic fracturing in the Permian Basin can reduce the need for large upfront water requirements and potentially reduce seismic earthquakes caused by reinjecting the water into geologic formations.

The study—conducted by the university’s Bureau of Economic Geology—was published this month in Environmental Science & Technology and highlights key differences in water use between conventional drilling and fracking. It found that recycling produced water from fracked wells could help reduce potential problems associated with the technology.


North American Shale Magazine, Sept.11, 2017, Sept. 9, 2017


Featuring: Bridget Scanlon, senior research scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences