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Colorado Produced Water Consortium

Overview

The Colorado Produced Water Consortium, established by HB23-1242 in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, consists of individuals with expertise in produced water related to oil and gas operations, environmental impacts, environmental justice concerns, and community perspectives. The primary goal of the Consortium is to reduce the use of fresh water and increase the recycling of produced water in oil and gas operations.

Primary Duties

The Consortium is made up of 31 members representing state and federal agencies, research institutions, environmental groups, industry, local governments, environmental justice groups, and disproportionately impacted communities. The Consortium aims to encourage the reuse and recycling of produced water and address barriers associated with the utilization of produced water. The CPWC will provide an informed path for the utilization of this water resource inside, and potentially outside, of the oilfield in Colorado. The Consortium will identify and address critical scientific, legislative, and regulatory knowledge gaps needed to develop policies that are protective of public health, welfare, safety, the environment, and wildlife resources in Colorado.

2024 Legislative Deliverables

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The Colorado Produced Water Consortium is responsible for submitting reports to the Colorado General Assembly per HB23-1242 Water Conservation in Oil and Gas Operations. Completed reports are posted on the website. Draft reports are listed in the meeting materials.  Pending legislative deliverables are discussed in the Consortium's strategic plan listed in resources. 

Initial Guidance Documents and Case Studies to Promote Best Practices for In-field Recycling and Reuse of Produced Water Report (Delivered March 1, 2024)

Initial Produced Water Regulatory Policy Coordination Report (Delivered May 1, 2024)

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Meeting Materials

May 10, 2024 - Agenda

Presentations:

FIRST DRAFT: Current State of Produced Water Infrastructure, Storage, and Treatment Facilities Across the State with Emphasis on the Denver-Julesburg Basin Report 

Proposed Approach to Initial Availability of Produced Water for Reuse and Recycling Analysis

Previous Meetings

April 5, 2024

April 5, 2024 - Agenda

Meeting Recording

Meeting Recording Transcript

FINAL DRAFT: Initial Produced Water Regulatory Policy Coordination Recommendation Report

Presentations:

For Discussion Recommendations and Special Considerations from FINAL DRAFT: Initial Produced Water Regulatory Policy Coordination Recommendation Report - Presented by Hope Dalton, Director

Methods to identify hazards in produced water - Presented by Chris Corton, PhD, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, EPA

Geologic History of Colorado - Presented by Cat Campbell, Science Advisor: Data Innovation, ECMC

March 8, 2024

March 8, 2024 - Agenda

Meeting Recording

Meeting Recording Transcript

FIRST DRAFT Initial Produced Water Regulatory Policy Coordination Recommendation Report

Presentations:

Produced Water Management - Projects in Oil-field Produced Water (OPW) Treatment, Recycle and ReUse - Presented by Clay Terry, Managing Partner Natural Resource Advisors, LLC

A Method to Identify and Prioritize Produced Water Chemicals for Research - Presented by Dr. Cloelle Danforth, Senior Staff Scientist Health Effects Institute

Water Quality of Produced Water - Presented by Dr. James Rosenblum, Managing Director Colorado School of Mines WE2ST Water Technology Hub

February 9, 2024

February 9, 2024 - Agenda 

Meeting Recording

DRAFT Guidance Documents and Case Studies to Promote Best Practices for In-field Recycling and Reuse of Produced Water (Version 1)

Presentations:

Water Treatment and Reuse Opportunities & Considerations - Presented by Erik Anglund, PE, Oxy Water

Lonestar Recycling Facility - Presented by Grant Tupper, Select Water

January 12, 2024

January 12, 2024 Agenda

Meeting Recording

Meeting Recording Transcript

Presentations:

HB23-1242 Data Update - Presented by Greg Deranleau, ECMC

Upcoming Meeting Topics and Timeline - Presented by Hope Dalton, CPWC

ECMC Produced Water Analytical Data - Presented by Arthur Koepsell, ECMC

Legal Water Background - Presented by Tracy Kosloff, DWR

December 1, 2023

December 1, 2023 Agenda

Meeting Recording

Meeting Recording Transcript

DRAFT Strategic Plan

Presentations:

Produced Water: Water Reuse Program and Regulatory Landscape - Presented by Tricia Pfeiffer, EPA

Produced Water Road Map - Presented by Tessa Sorensen, CDPHE

ECMC Produced Water Rules and Regulations - Presented by John Heil, ECMC

Draft Strategic Plan and Legislative Deliverable 1 - Presented by Hope Dalton, CPWC

November 9, 2023

November 9, 2023 Agenda

Meeting Recording

Meeting Recording Transcript

Video: COGCC Commission Hearing - October 5, 2021 (Water Presentations)

Pre-Meeting Presentations: Water Educational Presentations

Presentation: Planning for Results Strategic Planning - November 9, 2023

October 6, 2023

10/6/2023 Strategic Planning Meeting Agenda

Meeting Recording - Part 1 Introductions and Logistics (17min 44sec)

Meeting Recording Transcript - Part 1 Introductions and Logistics 

Meeting Recording - Part 2 Developing Strategic Priorities (2 hr 59 min)

Meeting Recording Transcript - Part 2 Developing Strategic Priorities 

Meeting Recording - Part 3 Strategic Results for Legislation and Education (1hr 30 min)

Meeting Recording Transcript - Part 3 Strategic Results for Legislation and Education

Presentation: Planning for Results - Strategic Planning - October 6, 2023

September 15, 2023

9/15/2023 First Meeting of Consortium Agenda

Meeting Recording - Initial Meeting of the Consortium (2hr 37min)

Meeting Recording Transcript - Initial Meeting of the Consortium

Presentation: Colorado Attorney General's Office Consortium Training 2023

Presentation: Information on Produced Water Consortiums

 

Notices/Calendar

Zoom Meeting Info Link
Phone: +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 819 7115 9925
 

2024 Meeting Schedule:

January 12, 2024, 9 AM to Noon - Virtual 
February 9, 2024, 9 AM to Noon - Virtual 
March 8, 2024, 9:30 AM to 1 PM - Virtual
April 5, 2024, 9 AM to 1 PM - Virtual 
May 10, 2024, 9 AM to 3PM - Dayton Street Opportunity Center, 1445 Dayton St, Aurora, CO 80010 (will be recorded; no virtual participation)
June 7, 2024, 9 AM to 3 PM - Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N Pecos St, Westminster, CO 80234
July 12, 2024, 9 AM to 1 PM - Virtual 

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Governing Body

John Messner, CPWC Chair, Commissioner, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission 
Tracy Kosloff, Deputy State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources
Tessa Sorensen, Energy Liaison, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Members

Representatives from state or federal agencies:

John Heil, Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission
Tricia Pfeiffer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Peter McMahon, United States Geological Survey
Brandi Honeycutt, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Representatives from research institutions or institutions of higher education:

James Rosenblum, Colorado School of Mines
Thomas Borch , Colorado State University
Joseph Ryan, University of Colorado-Boulder
Tzahi Cath, Colorado School of Mines

Representatives from environmental non-governmental organizations:

Cloelle Danforth, Health Effects Institute
Harmony Cummings, Colorado Rising
Barbara Vasquez, Western Colorado Alliance
Michael Freeman, Earthjustice

Representatives from the oil and gas industry:

Mark Hefta, Chevron
Jeffrey Kirtland, Terra Energy Partners
Michelina Paulek, The Energy Council
John Lipka, Evergreen Natural Resources

Representatives from local government:

Emma Pinter, Adams County Commissioner
Sean Strode, Rifle City Council, Mayor

Representatives with experience and expertise in produced water:

Doug White, NGL Energy Partners
Rick McCurdy, Select Energy Services
Erik Anglund, Occidental Petroleum
Clay Terry, Natural Resource Advisors

Legislatively Appointed Members

The Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives appointments:

Kevin Chan, member of a nongovernmental organization in the state that works with and advocates for disproportionately impacted communities and communities of color or who resides in a disproportionately impacted community.
Irene Andress, nongovernmental organization in the state that works on and advocates for policies related to environmental justice and conservation.
Nikie Wells, member of a nongovernmental organization in the state that works with and advocates for disproportionately impacted communities and communities of color or who reside in a disproportionately impacted community.

The President of the Colorado Senate appointments:

Jolie Brawner, member of a nongovernmental organization in the state that works on and advocates for policies related to environmental justice and conservation.
Jacob Smith, member of a nongovernmental organization in the state that works on and advocates for policies related to environmental justice and conservation.
Ember Michel, a member from a nongovernmental organization in the state that works with and advocates for disproportionately impacted communities and communities of color or who resides in a disproportionately impacted community. Ember Michel is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Red Willow Production Company, an affiliate of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

General Consortium Info:

Hope Dalton, Director for Colorado Produced Water Consortium, hope.dalton@state.co.us

Media Inquiries & CORA requests:

Chris Arend, Communications Director, chris.arend@state.co.us, 303-264-8615