Produced water is the largest volume waste stream generated during oil and gas production. Management of produced water can be costly. The industry can benefit from having readily available and unbiased information on produced water management options and regulatory requirements. This paper describes a new web-based Produced Water Management Information System (PWMIS) being developed by Argonne National Laboratory. PWMIS includes three functional modules:

  • A Technology Description Module, which provides basic information about practices that are currently employed to manage produced water. Users can click on any of the listed technologies to access separate fact sheets describing each technology and including references for additional information.

  • A Regulatory Module, which identifies and summarizes existing state and federal regulations or guidelines on produced water management. Users can click on EPA, BLM, MMS, or on any state to be sent to pages that offer more information about each agency's requirements.

  • A Technology Identification Module, in which users are asked to answer a series of questions. The replies to these questions lead users through a decision tree, resulting in a suggested subset of water management options that would make the most sense for a given geographical or environmental setting.

PWMIS is based on the successful Drilling Waste Management Information System website (http://web.ead.anl.gov/dwm) developed by Argonne in 2004. PWMIS is expected to be available to users by mid-2007.

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