News & Press Release

Using produced water outside oilpatch requires data, education

"Deborah Dixon, a fellow with the New Mexico Produced Water Consortium, discussed how her state implemented a regulatory framework that provided incentives for oil and gas producers to move away from using fresh water by removing barriers to recycling and reusing produced water." (03/04/2022)


NM Produced Water Research Consortium at NMSU Develops Research Plan for Reuse of Produced Water 

The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium, a collaboration between New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Environment Department, has published the Research Plan and Gap Analysis for Produced Water Reuse in New Mexico. (02/10/2022)


Texas Earthquakes Prompt New Fracking Rules

Frackers need to find a new home for wastewater as the state acts to stem rising seismic activity, adding to drillers’ costs. (01/18/2022)

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NM Produced Water Research Consortium Program Direction, Mike Hightower, Named as a 2022 "Salt of the Earth" Award Winner. 

Since 2015, The Multi-State Salinity Coalition (MSSC) Board of Directors has recognized industry leaders that demonstrate outstanding commitment, leadership, vision, and dedication to our water industry by promoting advancements in technologies for desalination, reuse, salinity control strategies, water/energy efficiencies, and related public policies that assist communities in meeting water needs. NM Produced Water Research Consortium Program Director, Mike Hightower, was named as a 2022 “Salt of the Earth” Award Winner.”


New Mexico’s oil and gas water research studies economics, toxicity

A byproduct produced during oil and gas drilling could be treated and reused in other industries if the State of New Mexico achieves its goal of developing new technologies to repurpose the water. (11/10/2021)

Pubic Education Workshop on the Fit-for-Purpose Treatment and Reuse of Oil and Gas Produced Water in New Mexico

The New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium (NMPWRC) and San Juan College School of Energy are pleased to announce a public education workshop presenting the status of current research and development. (10/14/2021)

Progress of the NM Produced Water Research Consortium on Water Reuse Action Plan

A progress update on the NMPWRC and EPA WRAP. (05/17/2021)


NMED Collaborates with NMSU and New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium on Research Projects

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) appreciates our ongoing collaboration with New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium to advance sound scientific study to fill gaps in knowledge related to the treatment and reuse of produced water for activities unrelated to the oil and gas industry. (01/20/2021)

More questions than answers on how to reuse produced water

NM Political Report  – While freshwater supplies in the state are slowly dwindling, oil and gas activity generates millions of gallons of produced water each year. The state is currently deciding how best to regulate the use of treated produced water, while researchers, oil and gas producers and other companies are trying to find new uses for the wastewater. (10/03/2019)


Consortium formed by NMSU, NM Environment Department to lead nation in filling scientific gaps in produced water treatment

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State University have entered into a memorandum of understanding, which will create a produced water research consortium. Through this consortium, New Mexico will continue to lead the country in advancing scientific and technological solutions related to the treatment and reuse of produced water generated by the oil and gas industry. (09/12/2019)