Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is gearing up for its 5th Annual Marcellus & Utica Shale (Natural Gas and Oil production) Water Management Initiative on March 23-25.
In preparation for the conference, industry professionals were given a survey to evaluate what the industry really believes about water programs in the current cost-sensitive environment. The results are very interesting.
Water Online reports:
““We must as an industry work cooperatively to share water sources and reuse water to remain competitive in the current downturn environment,” said Jack Crook, VP EHS of Atlas Energy.
Chad Bruinooge, IOC Operator, Marcellus of Anadarko Petroleum agrees.
Fifty three percent of respondents said a lack of technical knowledge was the biggest obstacle preventing them from creating effective water programs. Other obstacles were regulations (35%), operational costs (12%) and vendor costs & manpower.
The 5th annual Marcellus & Utica Shale Water Management Initiative promises to deliver a brand new, multi-platform experience featuring cutting-edge E&P case studies and best practices for driving down water management costs.”
It is interesting to see natural gas and oil mining companies discussing how to effectively manage water.
Their survey and methods for doing so could be adapted perhaps to managing water in cities or towns throughout the USA. Observing their practices could be both thought-provoking and beneficial.
Managing water consumption, demand management, and considering water reuse strategies is part of your infrastructure management future demand analysis.
In areas where water is fully allocated and/or drought conditions are becoming more prevalent, water utilities infrastructure management is going to be a topic that continues to have prominence and to drive investment.