The CLEAN Future Act and Oilfield-Produced Water Regulation: Potential Consequences for the U.S. and Global Energy Transition

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The testimonial record for the CLEAN Future Act still has not addressed the systemic domestic and global energy security and economic impacts of its proposed provisions concerning oilfield-produced water. As the legislation is being discussed, it is worth considering at least five core risk factors that could potentially create globally-impactful, adverse consequences if the EPA broke with more than 40 years of historical precedent and determined that produced water was a “hazardous waste.”

Gabriel Collins, “The CLEAN Future Act and Oilfield-Produced Water Regulation: Potential Consequences for the U.S. and Global Energy Transition,” Baker Institute Report no. 06.11.21. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Houston, Texas, https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/2e0b551a/bi-report-061121-ces-cleanprodwater.pdf

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