Blackbuck Resources CEO Justin Love is working on several initiatives that are aimed to overcome the challenges of water recycling in the shale patch.

“We sequester waste from the oil and gas industry to help them produce energy,” Love said of Blackbuck, which designs, builds and operates water infrastructure with a primary focus on the Permian Basin.

In a video interview with Hart Energy, Love, who believes ESG is at the core of his company, talked about a case study of a first-of-its-kind implementation of an energy recovery device at Blackbuck’s disposal facility in New Mexico, which generates electricity from kinetic energy and reduces the company’s overall energy use and carbon footprint.

Blackbuck is also working on a whitepaper that outlines its strategy that they’re calling ‘H2Zero’ to leverage water disposal infrastructure in the Permian Basin.

Love noted that there isn’t enough connectivity across the Permian Basin as it relates to water infrastructure. Connecting these “islands” of disposal and reuse would allow for maximization of the reuse of produced water in completions and the minimization of disposal, reducing the potential for seismic risk.

Additionally, he said large-scale connected systems would also allow for management of general utilization away from seismic risk geographically and allow for the economy of scale to implement “water refineries” to further reduce disposal.

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