Northside: Freshwater Neutral: Operational Water Use and Giving Back to the Environment

Speaker: Rowlan Greaves
Speaker Rowlan Greaves
Rowlan Greaves is a manager with Southwestern Energy’s Strategic Solutions team.  Strategic Solutions is a small corporate team tasked with developing operational opportunities which find the balance between community, economy and the environment. Rowlan joined SWN in 2010 as a Facilities Engineer assigned to the Fayetteville Shale Division before moving ...

Rowlan Greaves is a manager with Southwestern Energy’s Strategic Solutions team.  Strategic Solutions is a small corporate team tasked with developing operational opportunities which find the balance between community, economy and the environment.


Rowlan joined SWN in 2010 as a Facilities Engineer assigned to the Fayetteville Shale Division before moving to Strategic Solutions in 2013.  Prior to SWN, Rowlan worked for 10 years supporting the oil and gas industry in a consulting role, with an emphasis on water resources.  He also currently serves as Co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative (EWI), a collaborative effort among oil and gas operators to study and improve water use and management across the industry.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Full Description

Southwestern Energy (SWN) is committed to offsetting our freshwater footprint by reducing our freshwater usage and replenishing any fresh water that we do use, barrel for barrel, through conservation projects (i.e., “Freshwater Neutral”). In 2013, our CEO issued the imperative that we would be freshwater neutral in all operations within three years. SWN achieved a freshwater neutral status in 2016 within each operating division in a manner that is operationally and economically feasible, and provides value to our neighboring communities and environment.


This presentation will cover SWN’s approach to water management, how we offset the fresh water that we do use, and some of the challenges that we overcame along the way.

Organizer Angela Tse