Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, issued the following statement regarding a study released by the UT Bureau of Economic Geology/TexNet on seismic activity in the Delaware Basin and its link to oil and gas operations:
“Many oil and natural gas operators in Texas were involved in the research that informed the study, as industry believes that more data is always better and continues to work collaboratively and extensively with the Railroad Commission, industry peers, TexNet and CISR to monitor and share data and gather information that guides industry practices. Industry is actively using proven technology to improve all aspects of operations through practices such as pre-completion risk assessment, proper monitoring and mitigation protocols. Industry is also working collaboratively with lawmakers, regulators and academia to facilitate exploring the feasibility of recycling produced water in various, beneficial applications outside the oilfield, including supporting the work of the Texas Produced Water Consortium which was created by Senate Bill 601, authored by Senator Charles Perry and Representative Dustin Burrows, in 2021.”
TXOGA has written previously on this topic, outlining the many ways industry is working collaboratively towards solutions on seismicity and produced water, which can be found here.
More information on the UT Bureau of Economic Geology/TexNet/Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR) can be found here.
More information on the Texas Produced Water Consortium (TxPWC) can be found here.
Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.