Full Name

2011 Small Producer

Basin-Scale Produced Water Management Tools and Options – GIS-Based Models and Statistical Analysis of Shale Gas/Tight Sand Reservoirs and Their Produced Water Streams, Uinta Basin, Utah

Subcontractor: Utah Geological Survey

Principal Investigator: Thomas Chidsey
Project Number Project Status
11123-08 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: John Terneus
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; EOG Resources, Inc.; Wind River Resources, Inc.; QEP Resources, Inc., and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
October 10, 2012 August 5, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$719,980.00 $532,785.00 $179,995.00
Project Objectives

This project has five main objectives: (1) create basin-wide, digital produced water management tools that integrate produced water character, water disposal/reuse, water transport, and groundwater sensitivity factors to allow for quicker and more efficient regulatory and management decisions related to unconventional gas developments in the Uinta Basin (figures 1 and 2); (2) investigate the option of beneficial use of produced water treatment for geothermal heat recovery or power generation in the Uinta Basin; (3) promote maximized produced water reuse which will minimize use of freshwater in unconventional gas development and production; (4) compile Uinta Basin produced water management practices (figure 3) and recommend best practices; and (5) seek to increase protection of critical Uinta Basin alluvial aquifers.


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