State Senator Charles Perry has introduced SB 601 which proposes that the state create the “Texas Produced Water Consortium”. This consortium would combine state and private resources to study the economics and technology of the water that is produced and emerges from the ground during oil and gas production.
The Consortium would be made up of a board, a host university and private entities. The bill proposes that the board be composed of representatives from:
• the Railroad Commission of Texas,
• the State Energy Conservation Office,
• the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,
• the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office and
• the Texas Water Development Board.
The host university position would be assigned to Texas Tech University. Texas Tech would be responsible for providing staff and resources to the Texas Produced Water Consortium and soliciting participation from:
• the oil and gas industry,
• water transport and storage companies and
• agricultural, municipal and other water users.
Funding for the consortium would come from sponsorships and funding in exchange for the Consortium’s research and development data. Funding would also come from gifts and grants.
The bill specifically prohibits the Consortium from receiving state money.
For the full bill text, please go HERE
While this bill will offer answers to questions regarding the water produced by oil and gas production, and potential uses for that water; the fact remains that a significant portion of the state is in a either an abnormally dry condition or the early stages of a drought. With an unpredictable climate future, the study of water usage and conservation is paramount, especially considering the population growth and the demand for water by urban areas. Agriculture (farmers and ranchers) do use a significant amount of water and studies and campaigns are underway to help maximize profit and growth while minimizing water usage.
For a look at Texas and Future Drought potential go HERE