NM Political Report [OCT. 3 2019] – While fresh water 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.
LAS CRUCES SUN NEWS [OCT 2, 2019] – Researchers at New Mexico State University will play a key role in solving the state’s water crisis, university officials announced Tuesday. NMSU officials were joined by New Mexico state lawmakers, representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department, Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and representatives of the oil and gas industry to discuss the New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium.
New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering is part of a team that was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy five-year, $100 million grant to create the Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues.
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.
New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Environment Department were joined Oct. 1 by state officials from around the country, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives, industry leaders, environmental groups, legislators and others for an event celebrating the creation of the New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium.