The drive for oil in the prolific Permian Basin has generated two main byproducts with nowhere to go: huge volumes of natural gas and more than 500 million gallons of water each day.
Some Permian operators have largely resorted to flaring excess gas due to limited takeaway options. However, water produced from drilling is a different story. Each day, the Permian Basin produces three times as much water as oil, which creates a challenge with fewer easy solutions.
In short, “you can’t flare water,” said Stephen M. Johnson, president and CEO of WaterBridge Resources LLC.
WaterBridge was among the first companies to carve out a niche in the water midstream business after seeing the struggle that Permian operators could face. The company has since emerged as one of the top water companies serving the Delaware Basin.