NM OFFICIALS CONSIDERING REUSING OIL AND GAS WASTEWATER
NEW MEXICO (KSMX) With drought a constant consideration for New Mexico, state and federal officials are warning that decisions about water are growing more complicated and opportunities to tap nontraditional sources should be considered. The state, with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has drafted a document that outlines areas where regulations can be streamlined to encourage the treatment and reuse of wastewater that comes from oil and natural gas operations. The report released late last week says oil and gas production in New Mexico generated nearly 38 billion gallons of wastewater in 2017. As the boom in oil production continues in the Permian Basin’s well fields along the Texas-New Mexico border, officials say so will the amount of wastewater — known in the industry as produced water.