Tulsa Company Aids Montana Ranchers

A Tulsa company is taking what has historically been considered a waste product of the oil and natural gas industry and turning it into a valuable resource.
Arthur Langhus Layne Consulting, or ALL, is a Tulsa-based professional services firm at 1718 S. Cheyenne Ave.
The valuable by-product of America’s oil and natural gas resources is water.
The volume of water produced from domestic oil and natural gas wells easily surpasses the amount of oil or gas produced.
Traditionally, this has been a problem for the industry as it struggled to find cost-effective water management solutions. However, new technologies and water treatment programs have changed this scenario.
While some of this “produced water” is too salty for use, large quantities may be used as an environmentally safe source of agricultural irrigation, power generation, aquifer storage, enhanced oil recovery, surface discharge and even water for wildlife.
The Oklahoma City-based Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and ALL conducted a nationwide research effort. Paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the study focused on managing produced water from onshore exploration and production operations in the U.S.
Researchers evaluated oil and gas operations throughout the country to observe how the industry dealt with water management challenges.
They released their results in The Guidebook, which catalogues produced water quality data and water processing techniques operators are utilizing across the country.
The Guidebook also discusses regulatory challenges associated with produced water.
“It is important that regulatory impediments to the appropriate beneficial use of produced water be removed,” said Thomas Richmond, administrator for the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and a participant in the study. “Water is too important a resource to allow outdated rules to prevent its use or make it unnecessarily costly to use.”
Currently, each of the oil and gas producing states remains responsible for regulating produced water in accordance with its specific geographic and geologic conditions.

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