General Meeting: Freshwater Neutral - Managing Water Use and Giving Back to the Environment

ABSTRACT of Presentation


Managing water use and giving back to the environment including highlighting challenges, lessons, and best practices encountered when companies implement efforts to become better stewards of freshwater resources.  Specific case studies related to Southwestern Energy’s “Freshwater Neutral” initiative achieved in 2016 within all operating divisions will be reviewed.

A small multi-discipline team evaluated all elements within the operational water life cycle, identifying cost-competitive ways to optimize the company’s freshwater usage.  Key  components  were:  1)  commitment  from  company  leadership  and  support across  all  operations;  2)  setting  achievable,  operational  goals;  3)  accounting  for  all  water  used;  4)  applying  new  completion  designs  and  technologies;  5)  increasing  the  use  of  alternative,  non-fresh  water,  and  6)  supporting  research  in  groundwater  protection   and   water   treatment   technologies.   This   reduced   freshwater requirements by up to 30% in some operating areas and saved the operator over $20 million US dollars. 

Another component was required in order for companies to completely offset the need for their remaining freshwater use, the importance of investing in conservation projects to improve fresh water resources within basins where operations are occurring. Achieving a freshwater neutral status requires improvements in everyday work practices and a change in the mindset of water management. The practices implemented will allow for the use of alternative water sources whenever economically and operationally feasible, and the conservation projects have added value to local communities.







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Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee $5 more than the on-line registration fee.

Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the valet parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee for this valet parking is $15. Be sure to get discount parking sticker at registration table if you use this valet parking service.
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  Parking is also available via valet at the Louisiana Street entrance of the hotel.  Cost is about $10. 

Location: Petroleum Club
TOTAL Plaza, 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor
Houston , Texas 77002

Date: Sept. 1, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - Sept. 11, 2019, 2 p.m.