Laura Capper, President & CEO
CAP Resources | EnergyMakers AG
A Five Year Outlook of Water Management in the Permian

Laura Capper is President of energy consulting firms CAP Resources and the EnergyMakers Advisory Group. Laura and her partners specialize in emerging market issues and opportunities in upstream E&P, fluid and solid waste management and logistics, water treatment technologies, oilfield and midstream technologies, environmental practices, seismic risk assessment, regulatory filing strategies, Disposal Well risk management, due diligence and M&A support, and new technology adoption. The firms collectively have provided strategic guidance to over 600 client companies in the oil and gas industry for twenty-plus years.


Michael Dunkel, Global Technology Leader
Infrastructure and Disposal Wells and Reuse

Michael Dunkel is the upstream water Global Technology Leader for Jacobs. He works with oil and gas clients on water management. Mr. Dunkel is the lead investigator for Jacob’s study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling and is also a leader of the Groundwater Protection Council on their produced water re-use report that covers the US shale plays and has the involvement of over a dozen producing companies.

Previously, Mr. Dunkel was Director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources. His team championed efforts to reduce fresh water use, increase water recycling and plan water management. Mr. Dunkel was co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water management standards.

Michael held positions in engineering management and project management for 18 years at Pioneer, including global projects.

Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Dunkel held a variety of engineering roles at Marathon Oil.


John R. Durand, Former President & CEO
WaterBridge Resources

Has most recently served as president and chief operating officer of WaterBridge Resources. He has more than three decades of energy industry experience spanning the upstream oil & gas, midstream services, commodity marketing, renewable energy and power generation sectors.  He has held executive leadership positions across multiple disciplines, with career experience in the Permian, Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain and Gulf Coast producing regions, as well as in the Midland, Delaware, Marcellus, Utica, Barnett and Haynesville shale resource plays. Mr. Durand’s professional experience includes roles with Mobil Oil Corporation, Union Pacific Resources, Williams Energy, FPL Energy, Crosstex Energy and PVR Partners. 

He served on the Executive Management Team of Pioneer Water Management from April 2014 to February 2017  In that role, Mr. Durand oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for the largest midstream water operation in North America and negotiated landmark agreements with both the City of Odessa and the City of Midland to purchase municipal effluent water for industrial use.

Mr. Durand earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society and serves on its Technical Committee.  Mr. Durand also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is Chair of its Water Committee.


Dean FanguyDirector of Business Development - Western Hemisphere
TETRA Technologies
Water Management Cost Savings Achieved Through Service Integration & Automation Technologies

Dean Fanguy is the Director of Business Development - Western Hemisphere for TETRA Technologies Inc. His primary focus is expanding the application of TETRA water management technologies and solutions. Prior to joining TETRA, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tervita U.S., a diversified environmental services provider. He served in various global business development, sales, marketing and operations leadership roles with Baker Hughes during a 30-year career. Dean has authored publications on various well completion and intervention techniques, including multi-stage hydraulic fracturing.


Chris HarichChief Operating Officer

Dr. Chris Harich is the Chief Operating Officer for XRI, a leading water management and pipeline transportation company in the Permian Basin. XRI provides world-class water supply and logistic solutions to upstream oil and gas producers. With a history of strong growth and superior performance, XRI provides efficient and data-driven solutions. XRI offers holistic, best-in-class solutions to full water lifecycle requirements of the upstream sector. The XRI management team has extensive experience in the energy industry. Since 2013, as one of the first water management companies in the industry, XRI has built its business based on best practices in operational safety and environmental stewardship.

Rob Kordas, Managing Director – Head of Oilfield Service & Equipment in the U.S. Energy Group
RBC Capital Markets

Rob Kordas is a Managing Director – Head of Oilfield Service & Equipment in the U.S. Energy Group of RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Kordas and his team lead the coverage of the water management and the water midstream sector and have worked on a number of mandates on the water services, treatment as well as infrastructure side. Mr. Kordas has over 13 years of investment banking experience of which 11 years have been with RBC Capital Markets helping energy clients raise billions in both debt and equity capital. Prior to RBC, Mr. Kordas was a member of the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring team at Huron Consulting Group where he was focused on the energy and airlines industries. He started his career in the Assurance and Transaction Advisory Groups with KPMG, LLP. Mr. Kordas holds an Accounting Degree from DePaul University in Chicago and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.


Rick McCurdySr. Engineering Officer
Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Rick currently serves as a subject matter expert in the fields of chemistry, corrosion, produced water treatment and use, and the use of alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing. He is a principal of Chesapeake’s initiative championing the beneficial use of produced water – AquaRenew® and Chesapeake’s Industry-leading GreenFrac® program that focuses on environmentally friendly hydraulic fracturing additives.  Rick is an active member of SPE, NACE International and Mensa International. He served as a technical expert during the US EPA workshops on hydraulic fracturing and has presented to the National Academy of Sciences, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Energy regarding water use in the Energy Sector.  Rick has an AAS degree in Petroleum Technology.


Douglas A. Park, President
Permian Basin Water Management Council

Graduated in 1980 from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Worked for Enserch Exploration, Inc. from 1980-1997 as a Petroleum Engineer in Texas and Louisiana (onshore and offshore), as a Senior Petroleum Engineer Offshore Gulf of Mexico and as Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering Offshore and International overseeing the GOM (operated deepwater projects) and various locations throughout the world. Worked for Maxus-YPF-Repsol-CNOOC from 1997-2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia as the Manager of Technology and Exploitation Services. Joined Cimarex Energy Co. in 2004 as the Engineering Manager - Drilling Department, was named the Manager Drilling/Completion Operations in March of 2005 and Manager D&C Technology in May of 2012.

Focused the past 6 years on oilfield fluids management optimization from an E&P perspective, including: 1. Drilling operations fluids: fresh water, brine, OBM, WBM, zero discharge systems with drying pad rather than an earthen pit, cuttings disposal, mud reuse incorporating mud farms, 2. Completions operations fresh water: purchase, transfer, impoundment, and evaporation mitigation, 3. Completion operations recycled water: fresh water output (MVR distillation), clean brine output (flocculation/clarifier), dirty brine output (ClO2/ filtering - Reuse), storage, transfer, scale treatment, bacteria treatment, real time water quality monitoring, 4. Regulatory work on water recycling (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma): bills passed, new regulations developed, incentive programs for recycling (passed and proposed), 5. Environmental baseline sampling, 6. Produced water recycling and disposal projects.

Retired from Cimarex in 2016 and started working with University lands to evaluate future water needs and water management practices on UL acreage. 

A member of the SPE, AADE, IPAA and a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Current president of the Permian Basin Water Management Council (~160 members)


Mark PattonPresident
Produced Water Recycling in the Permian Basin - A Low Cost Alternative

Mark Patton is President of Hydrozonix. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the development, design, implementation and operation of treatment technologies. Mark’s oil and gas experience includes treatment systems for waters, wastewaters, drilling muds, tank bottoms and process residuals. Mark holds one produced water patent with two additional patents pending.

Mark earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.