Water can be “a good servant but a cruel master” two water-management experts told water forum attendees during the opening day of Hart Energy’s recently held DUG Permian Basin conference and exhibition.

Brent Halldorson, chief technology officer for Fountain Quail Water Management, and Michael Dunkel, vice president for water with Jacobs Engineering Group, did a wide-ranging a panel discussion on water economics in the big play. But both focused in particular on costs and operations.

Here's what they said to the audience.

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