December 2021, Vol. 248, No. 12


Produced Water: Path to Economic, Environmental Gains

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor    Once a unit of Occidental Petroleum Corp. that went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy since it was spun off in 2014, California Resources Corp. (CRC) is California’s largest oil and natural gas producer. CRC is working to significantly increase the volume of produced water reused in its operations involving steam flooding for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).    In mid-2021, the medium-sized independent found itself more than halfway toward a goal of using 30% more produced water compared to a 2013 baseline. CRC serves drought-plagued California by reusing, recycling and reclaiming water from the state’s extensive oil and gas formations that would not otherw

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