Water in Energy Conference attracts the experts

Mike Dyson, Infinity Water Solutions CEO, will joining a jam-packed list of high-powered speakers at this year’s Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference on Feb. 28 through March 2.

A welcome reception will be held Feb. 28 at the University of Texas Permian Basin College of Engineering building. The actual conference is March 1 and 2 at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena & Pavilion, 2514 Arena Trail.

A keynote dinner will be March 1 at the Petroleum Club in Midland.

UTPB Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership Becky Spurlock said this will be the first time the welcome reception has been held at the Engineering Building.

“We’re excited about having it there,” Spurlock said.

Richard Brantley, this year’s conference chair, said they are expecting between 300 and 400 people to attend.

“That’s in the middle of the road. We’ve had more than that, but I think that’s what I’m anticipating,” said Brantley, who is senior vice president of operations at University Lands.

There is no designated theme, but the panels and speakers will talk about contemporary concerns about produced water management. Brantley noted that this is not a produced water conference, but one that covers broader water issues.

“The contemporary concerns we’re dealing with are beneficial reuse of produced water, how can we grow that percentage; and then certainly, seismicity, which may result from injection is another concern. I think somebody said it well the other day that the … Midland-Odessa community is wide awake about the seismic occurrences as you’ve experienced and we’ve all experienced,” Brantley said.

Read the full article from Odessa American Online here.