Produced Water Society event begins Monday

Industry leaders will gather in Midland next week for the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference with a slate of experts ready to discuss the importance of water.

Produced Water Society President Steve Coffee is the conference organizer and said via email he is looking forward to this eighth annual conference.

“Water is such an important part of our daily lives and our oil and gas community,” Coffee said.

The Produced Water Society is a nearly 34-year-old, Texas-based non-profit that welcomes everyone to this year’s conference that begins 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at 223 W. Wall St., in Midland. The event continues Tuesday and Wednesday at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena.

The event continues Tuesday and Wednesday and registration is available on site. Registration is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Produced Water Society is a collection of industry professionals with a common mission to improve the management and disposition of produced water, through the facilitation and exchange of technical knowledge.

Crain will be the Tuesday keynote speaker. He has served as executive vice president of Texas Pacific Water Resources since its formation. Prior to TPWR, Crain led water resource development efforts for EOG Resources across multiple basins, including the Permian and Eagleford.

Produced Water is becoming an increasing challenge for everyone, and this is the perfect place to learn, share and build your network.

“With all the talk about energy transition (I don’t use those words anymore, instead I say, energy expansion), it is vital for everyone to get involved, speak up and have their voice heard. Produced water is key to almost all of the other energy growth areas so we should not be afraid to talk about how we can do better,” Crain said in an email.

“Produced water is not a cost or a problem to deal with…it is a valuable resource we need to learn to manage and use.”

Wednesday’s keynote speaker is Tracee Bentley, president and CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership. Her speech is 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Prior to joining the Colorado Petroleum Council in March 2015, Bentley served in several key policy positions including Legislative Director and Senior Advisor on Energy and Agriculture and Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office for Governor John Hickenlooper.

Before Bentley’s tenure with the Hickenlooper administration, she was a founding Principal of a bi-partisan lobbying firm that focused on energy, natural resource, and agriculture interests. She also served as the Director of National Affairs for the Colorado Farm Bureau where her portfolio included energy, immigration, farm policy, and international trade.

Jonna Smoot, VP of business development for the Permian Basin at City Bank, has helped run the PBWIEC water conference for three years.

”I’ve seen and developed a water conference agenda or two and I’m pleased to say that this 8th Annual Produced Water Society conference lineup is poised to be their best yet. From the caliber of the day one and day two keynote speakers of Robert Crain of the Texas Pacific Water Resources and Tracee Bentley of the Permian Strategic Partnership to the varied and many industry leaders, this two-day conference is a don’t-miss event for those in the “water world”.

Smoot said the conference has numerous sponsors including Aquarius Chemical, Bechtel, Cascade Services, C&G Industrial Supply, ChampionX, Charger Services, City Bank, Cold Peak, Enerflex Water Solutions, eSolutions, Eight Power, ewx, Flowpoint, Inov8, Insignia Hotels, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Midland South I-20 and Towneplace Suites South I-20, OrionProduced Water Solutions, RWI, Select, Synergy, Texas Pacific Water Resources, Turner Designs, Wanner Engineering, Inc., and xylem + evoqua.

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