How Much Can You Sell Brackish Water For in West Texas?

Gabriel Collins, “How Much Can You Sell Brackish Water For in West Texas?,” Texas Water Intelligence™, Water Note #2, 27 June 2016. How much can you sell that brackish water for? As rising oilfield activity and volatile precipitation patterns collide, this is an important question that West Texas landowners will increasingly face.  In dry West Texas,…

The Brackish Water Estate in Texas

Oil is Not the Only Multi-Horizon Resource Play in the Permian Basin Oil is not the only multi-horizon resource play in the Permian Basin. Brackish groundwater also increasingly offers landowners a chance to make money from water sales to the oilfield and other consumers while preserving the precious Ogallala Aquifer and other freshwater layers under…

Blue Gold: Commoditize Groundwater and Use Correlative Management to Balance City, Farm, and Frac Water Use in Texas

Texas is increasingly dependent on groundwater supplies due to drought and rapid population and economic growth. The current groundwater law regime of absolute ownership and rule of capture is fundamentally unsustainable. Without reforms, Texas risks a California-style water supply crisis as soon as five to seven years from now. This would threaten millions of Texans’…