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New Mexico’s oil and gas water research studies economics and toxicity

A byproduct produced during oil and gas drilling could be treated and reused in other industries if the State of New Mexico achieves its goal of developing new technologies to repurpose the water.

The State of New Mexico created its Produced Water Research Consortium 2019 to study expanded applications of the water and its ability to address water scarcity through a partnership with New Mexico State University.

The project was started in response to the 2019 passage of the Produced Water Act, as the New Mexico Environment Department was tasked by the law to regulate produced water’s use outside of oil and gas and sought to understand its content, generation and potential for reuse.

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