Board Members

The Produced Water Society is a collection of oil and gas professionals with the common mission to improve the management and disposition of produced water. Through the discussion of best practices and the presentation of advanced solutions to dynamic obstacles, PWS fosters an environment where water professionals learn from one another in an open setting and where the entire industry thrives as a result. PWS is a 501 (c)(3) educational organization committed to providing the best science and information available on water issues for oil and gas activity to the industry and interested communities.

The Society meets every year for its annual seminar, where technical presentations, panel discussions, and trainings take place to deliver on our commitment to the industry. As PWS has continued to grow, we now hold regionally focused meetings in Midland for Permian Basin operations and in Global Cooperation Council countries for Middle East operations in addition to Houston, where global water issues are addressed.

Lisa Henthorne
CTO & Sr.VP, Water Standard
Kris Bansal
Engineering Fellow, ConocoPhillips (retired)
Robert Bruant
Product Director, B3 Insight
John R. Durand
President, XRI Holdings LLC Emeritus Advisor
Brent Halldorson
President, RedOx Systems
Steve Coffee
Director, Market Development, Exterran
Morris Hoagland
Director, Jade Dragon
Hani Al Khalifa
Senior Operations Advisor, Saudi Aramco
Tom Pankratz
Editor, Water Desalination Report
Ramesh Sharma
Staff Process Engineer, ConocoPhilips
John Walsh
Principal Technologist, Worley
Chip Westaby
Industrial Sales Manager, Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments
Bobbi Jo Crain
President, Cascade
Whitney Dobson
Director, Commercial Development, Solaris Midstream
Michael Dunkel
Vice President, Water for Upstream and Midstream, Advisian
Leadership
Lisa Henthorne
President
Steve Coffee
Vice President
Tom Pankratz
Vice President
Mission Statement

The Produced Water Society (PWS) is a collection of engineers, scientists, and industry professionals with the common mission to study and improve the management of produced water from offshore and onshore wells. An important part of this is ensuring that produced water meets applicable environmental regulations and standards and is analyzed by appropriate methods. PWS is a 501 (c)(3) educational organization committed to providing the best science and information available on water issues for oil and gas activity to the industry and interested communities.

The Society meets every year for its annual seminar, where technical presentations, panel discussions, and trainings take place to deliver on our commitment to the industry. As PWS has continued to grow, we now hold regionally focused meetings in Midland for Permian Basin operations and in Global Cooperation Council countries for Middle East operations in addition to Houston, where global water issues are addressed.

History

The Produced Water Society started as a collection industry professionals meeting to discuss issues they were facing in treating produced water. Led by Colin Tyrie, the group met for the first time in 1990. They then quickly went from irregular meetings to larger, annual seminars where individuals presented technical papers on the issues they confronted in water production and disposal. They also discussed their attempts to solves these issues and the results, along with relevant data, they managed to gather in the process.

They learned that by sharing their successes and failures with a community of practitioners, the entire field of produced water management would advance.

Word of the meeting spread, and a community formed. PWS was formally incorporated in 1999 as a 501 (c) (3) organization focused on educating the industry on an often overlooked, yet critical, part of the day to day operations of oil and gas production—water. Under Mr. Tyrie’s guidance, the Annual Seminar grew to three full days of presentations, with each day culminating in vigorous question and answer sessions between the audience and speakers.

In 2015, Mr. Tyrie announced his retirement, and Global Water Intelligence stepped in to run the day to day operations of the Society. The Society funds university students pursuing academic research on produced water through the Colin Tyrie Scholarship, in honor of Mr. Tyrie’s long career advocating for the value of proper water treatment in the industry.

In recent years, the Produced Water Society has expanded its attention beyond conventional on and offshore produced water disposal to include water treatment, handling, and management for oil and gas operations across the industry and the world. In 2017, the Society held regionally focused events in Midland, Texas, and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The regional meetings have continued to grow as greater industry attention is paid to water issues, both globally and regionally.

Through its history, the Produced Water Society has sought to bring better information and greater understanding to the oil and gas industry. As longtime members of the Society know, by sharing and collaborating, the entire field of produced water management advances. We look forward to another 30 years bringing excellence to the field.

Recent Presidents
2014 – 2015: Karthik Annadorai
2015 – 2017: John Walsh
2017 – 2019: Steve Coffee
2019 – Present: Lisa Henthorne
Partners
The Produced Water Society partners with operating companies, industry organizations, and educational institutions to further the mission of the Society and of partnering groups with synergistic aims.
Scholarship

The Produced Water Society is opening the Colin Tyrie Scholarship to graduate or undergraduate students studying the treatment, management or characteristics of produced water. Members of the Board of Directors will review applications and award $5,000 scholarships directly to students to further their studies based on the merits of their projects. Recipients may be invited to present at the annual Produced Water Society Seminar in Houston in February.

Students interested in applying for the Colin Tyrie Scholarship should submit a Research Proposal of no more than one page detailing:

  • - The issue their research addresses
  • - What they hope their research will uncover
  • - How it will further the academic or industry understanding of produced water issues.

Applicants will also be asked to submit their CV, transcript, and a letter or support from a faculty member or their academic adviser. Scholarship recipients will be announced in August each year.

Materials required for application

  • - Research proposal
  • - Curriculum Vitae
  • - Transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • - Letter of support from faculty member of academic adviser

Stay tuned for more information about 2021 scholarship opportunities.

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