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Abstract

Produced water is a problem. This brackish byproduct of oil and gas production contains salts, dissolved solids, organic compounds, and naturally occurring radioactive materials. And that is putting it nicely. Produced water is seen as a liability to oil and gas producers and is generally disposed of via reinjection or open pits. The disposal is costly and creates future environmental hazards. However, through emerging technology and minor alterations to the New Mexico Statutes, this liability can be converted to an asset for all New Mexicans.

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