Josh Adler, Founding CEO
Next-Gen Water Intelligence: How Data Science, AI, and Spy Satellites are
Transforming Oilfield Water Management, Creating New Threats and Opportunities for Operators, Investors and OF
Josh Adler is the Founding CEO of Sourcewater, Inc., the leading oilfield water intelligence company. Sourcewater gathers data from the Sourcewater.com water marketplace, proprietary satellite imagery analytics, government databases, outbound market research, and IoT sensors in the field to create the industry’s only current, holistic view of oilfield water sourcing, logistics and disposal markets, showing where every drop of oilfield water comes from and goes to in the Permian Basin and other key regions. Sourcewater was founded as a spinout from MIT’s Energy Ventures program in 2014. Today over 1,000 companies and over 1 billion barrels of water, recycling and disposal capacity are active on Sourcewater.com. Sourcewater recently acquired the assets of Digital H2O from Genscape, bringing even more oilfield water data analytics and visualization to its platform.
Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as an economic policy official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Josh lives in Houston, Texas.
Michael Anderson, Chief Executive Officer
Layne Water Midstream
Mr. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Layne Water Midstream (LWM), a company he founded in 2016. LWM is a leading water midstream company with significant source water, produced water, pipeline transportation and disposal infrastructure in the Permian Basin. LWM was purchased in 2019 by Post Oak Energy Capital and Genesis Park who provided a $200 million equity commitment to continue to fund LWM’s growth.
Mr. Anderson has been in the water and energy business over the past 20 years, serving in a variety of executive management roles including Chief Financial Officer of Layne Christensen, a 135-year old water infrastructure and services company, Chief Financial Officer of Southcross Energy Partners, an MLP engaged in natural gas gathering and processing, Chief Financial Officer of Exterran Holdings and Exterran Partners, a global market leader in natural gas compression and services, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Azurix Corp., a global owner and operator of water and wastewater assets.
Mr. Anderson began his career with JPMorgan Chase as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions after earning his undergraduate degree in business from Texas Tech University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David Bateman, Co-CEO & Board Member
David is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SitePro, including management of the sales team, company P&L, and corporate development strategy. He also plays a critical role in the development of key relationships and recruiting talented team members for the company. David has extensive experience with private equity and asset management in the areas of energy, technology and real-estate. Prior to co-founding SitePro, David began his career as a Sales Engineer for ITT Fluid Technology. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his family and enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.
Kelly Bennett, Co-Founder & President
As co-founder and president of B3, Kelly Bennett leads the strategic management of the company, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, he started the global energy desk at Bentek Energy. He built data and analytical tools for international markets and helped foreign IOCs, NOCs, utilities and hedge funds integrate U.S. oil and gas market fundamentals into their strategy.
Mr. Bennett participates in the environmental, economic and policy forums for water, energy, innovation and economic development. He was a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data and sits on the advisory board for the Internet of Water at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Mr. Bennett holds a B.S. in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College.
Brian Bohm, Environmental Sustainability Advisor
Mr. Brian Bohm is a licensed professional geologist currently working for Apache Corporation as Environmental Sustainability Advisor for the North American Unconventional Resources team. Previously Brian was the Water Resources Manager for Alpine High, and Senior Hydrogeologist for Apache’s San Antonio Office. In this role he was responsible for development of Apache’s Alpine High’s water management plan that achieved 84% produced water recycling in 2018 and reduced fresh water usage to approximately 5% for Alpine High upstream operations by identifying brackish water sources across the play. Brian has spent the last 20 years consulting and working for E&P operators on industry regulations, sustainable water management, and environmental issues related to unconventional oil and gas development. He has previous experience working in the major North American shale plays as well as experience internationally in unconventional oil and gas development. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Geology and is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Executive MBA in Energy.
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.
Gabe Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs
Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies
How Produced Water's Economic Value is Evolving in the Permian Basin
Gabriel Collins is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies. His research portfolio is global and focuses heavily on the food-water-energy nexus, water valuation, and oilfield water issues. He is a Permian Basin native who received his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Texas Water Journal’s editorial board and is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Michael Dunkel, Vice President- Water for Upstream and Midstream
Infrastructure and Disposal Wells and Reuse
Michael Dunkel is the Vice President, Water for Upstream and Midstream at Worley. He works with upstream and midstream water companies to solve their water sourcing, re-use and disposal challenges. His current professional objective is to help transform the oil and gas industry’s water management practices in order to lower costs and reduce impacts for stakeholders.
Mr. Dunkel was previously a Vice President at Jacobs and the lead investigator for Jacobs’ study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling. He 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.
Before his position at Jacobs, 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, President
John Durand is the President of XRI Holdings, LLC, a leading full-cycle water management and water midstream company with integrated water-related infrastructure assets strategically located throughout the Permian Basin. Previously, Mr. Durand was a partner with WaterBridge Resources, LLC where he served as President & Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WaterBridge, John served on the management team of Pioneer Water Management LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Natural Resources. In that role, Mr. Durand oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for one of the largest midstream water operations in North America. Overall, during his career in the water midstream sector, Mr. Durand has negotiated landmark public/private partnership agreements in the water space with three Texas municipalities (Odessa, Midland and Fort Stockton).
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. Mr. Durand is a member of the Board of Directors of XRI Holdings and sits on the Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society, serving on its Technical Committee. In addition, Mr. Durand serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is Chair of its Water Committee.
Dean Fanguy, Director of Business Development - Western Hemisphere
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.
Michael Fontaine, Senior Director of Operational Systems and Reporting
Select Energy Services
End to End Automated Water Transfer Job with Zero Human Intervention: What will this mean for the industry?
Michael Fontaine began serving as Senior Director of Operational Systems and Reporting for Select Energy Services at the beginning of 2019 to advise and provide total end-to-end water management solutions to exploration and production companies. Prior to that he has worked in operations and business development. Mr. Fontaine specializes in implementing new technologies to drive efficiency, safety, and process improvements. He is an expert in multiple stages of the water management process for oil and gas with 8 years’ experience on the water side of the industry. He has an undergraduate degree from LSU and a Master’s of Science of Energy Management from Oklahoma City University.
Cory Hall, President & CEO
Aqua Terra Water Management, L.P.
Cory Hall has been president and CEO of Aqua Terra Water Management since 2006. From June 2013 to June 2014, he was executive vice president and general manager of Trinity Environmental SWD. Mr. Hall founded CJ Energy in 2004 and served as its chief executive officer/managing member until the sale to Trinity June 2013.
He developed and managed significant volumes of produced and flowback water flowing through 15 strategically located build-to-suit wells in the Permian Basin working with many different E&P companies. Mr. Hall started focusing on pipeline infrastructures in 2009 to help reduce the cost of building and operating internal pipeline facilities for Concho, Devon, Apache and SM Energy. He also focused on the safety and environmental aspects of the disposal business and was one of the first operators to use extensive automation and lined containment facilities throughout the Permian Basin.
From 2001 to 2005, he was a co-founder and partner of AmericaWest Energy Group.
Chris Harich, Chief 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.
Nick Hines, EVP Permian
Oilfield Water Logistics
Nick Hines is responsible for Oilfield Water Logistics’ (OWL) Permian assets. In his current role he oversees all activities for OWL in the Midland and Delaware basins which includes large networks of pipelines for gathering produced water and subsequent injection into saltwater disposal wells. Prior to his role at OWL he was with Pioneer Natural Resources for 11 years with the last four years as Engineering and Construction Manager for Pioneer Water Management (PWM). During this time managing Engineering and Construction for PWM he was responsible for the design and build out of a large water supply system that included produced water ponds and large diameter HDPE pipelines.
14 years of combined industry experience in oil and gas upstream operations and water midstream operations has allowed him to bring an operators’ mindset to the water midstream business. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Rob Kordas, Managing Director – Head of Oilfield Service & Equipment in the U.S. Energy Group
RBC Capital Markets
Unconventional Oil & Gas Water Management from a Financial Perspective
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.
Brian Kuh, Sr. Foreman, Water Management
Brian manages all aspects of water management for WPX Energy, a $9 billion energy producer, in the booming Permian Basin, including water recycling projects, logistics and infrastructure construction.
Brian joined the company in late 2017 and has developed a plan to increase WPX’s local water recycling from 5% of total volume to over 50% reuse for future well completions.
He began his career in water management at Devon Energy where he played an integral role in their startup of recycling produced water. He coordinated the construction of the first treated-water impoundments that were approved in NM following the approval of Rule 34.
Before taking on his role with WPX, Kuh worked as a water management consultant with clients including Matador Resources and other private equity startups.
He is the Vice President of the Permian Basin Water Management Council and has a personal interest in nature, wildlife, conservation, land management and ranching.
Rick McCurdy, Sr. 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 former 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.
Neil C. Nowak, Project Director
Neil C. Nowak has more than 31 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, including civil, solid waste, produced-water impoundments, stormwater engineering and construction projects. He has expertise in project management, building client relationships, managing budgets and schedules, building and guiding successful teams, and effectively utilizing project resources.
His experience includes several front-range and mountainous landfills and produced-water facilities in Colorado, Texas, Wyoming, Utah and other states.
Mr. Nowak has a B.S. in civil/forest engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in conjunction with Syracuse University. He is a professional engineer in 10 states—Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma.
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 Patton, President
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 three produced water patents with one additional patent pending.
Mark earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.
Paola Perez Pena, Principal Research Analyst
North America Water Management Market Overview and Key Development Trends
Paola Perez Pena is a Principal Research Analyst in the Upstream Cost & Technology group focusing on North American upstream operations with focus on water management analytics, and insights.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paola was a management consultant with Arthur D. Little in the Americas consulting unit, focusing on
asset evaluation (technical and economic analysis), water management strategies for unconventional operations and exploration strategy for E&P companies and governments in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and the United States. Prior to Arthur D. Little, Ms. Perez Pena worked in the research and development team for Landmark, Halliburton. Ms. Perez Pena has also published and presented several SPE papers.
Paola holds a M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes - Colombia.
Jim Summers, Chief Executive Officer
Jim is a 29-year veteran of the energy industry, having held senior leadership positions at integrated oil and gas majors Conoco and BP, as well as privately held start-ups. As the former Chief Operating Officer at Energy Water Solutions and Sector Leader for both Water and Midstream at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Jim is recognized as an industry expert in the use of water infrastructure to reduce cost, manage risk and improve long term profitability.
Jim started his career in 1990 as an engineer with Conoco Natural Gas and Gas Products living in West Texas. After successfully completing Conoco’s Management Development Program, Jim progressed through a number engineering, project management and commercial roles before moving into North American Gas and Power to help Conoco develop opportunities related to the emerging de-regulation of power.
Jim joined BP in 2001 to lead their Western Power Structuring and Origination business, where he quickly developed a reputation as a visionary and strong leader within the organization. Within 18 months he was placed on BP’s High Potential Program and promoted to Vice President of Integrated Supply and Trading for BP’s North American NGL business, one of the largest such operations in the world. As a member of the Executive Leadership team for both Global Supply and Trading as well as the NGL Business Unit, Jim had direct influence over $2 billion in annual gross margin.
In 2006, Jim joined Element Markets, a start-up focused on the development of wind, solar and biogas projects, where he served as the President of Element Markets Biogas, LLC. In 2011, Jim joined his second start-up venture, Energy Water Solutions, as the Chief Operating Officer. In his role as COO, Jim was responsible for the design, integration and operation of new water treatment technologies within the oil and gas industry.
Just prior to forming H2O Midstream in 2016, Jim spent 18 months as a Partner with ERM, a global sustainability consulting firm, leading both their Integrated Water Management and Midstream sectors for the Southern Division. In this role, Jim became a respected subject matter expert in the area of strategic water management and had the opportunity to work with producers throughout North America to identify critical risks and develop long term solutions to complex operational challenges.
A former collegiate debater, Jim is a sought after speaker and serves on several non-profit boards in the Houston area. Jim holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and currently lives in Katy, TX with his wife of 24 years and 3 daughters.
Tommy Thompson, VP Engineering
Tommy currently serves as the VP of Engineering at Goodnight Midstream where he overseas all engineering and capital projects for Goodnight's infrastructure. Prior to joining Goodnight Midstream, Tommy worked as Senior Facility Engineer for Oasis Petroleum where he constructed over 330 miles of production and freshwater pipelines, started 11 SWDs, and constructed and began Oasis' first DOT-regulated gas gathering line. Prior to Oasis, Tommy worked for ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Development Company. Tommy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University with minors in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Math.
John Tintera, President
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
John Tintera is a regulatory expert and licensed geologist (Texas #325) with a thorough knowledge of virtually all facets of upstream oil and gas exploration, production and transportation, including conventional and unconventional reservoirs. As a former Executive Director and 22-year veteran of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), considered the premier oilfield regulator in the nation, John oversaw the entire regulatory process, from drilling permits to compliance inspections, oil spill response, pollution remediation and pipeline transportation.
John was elected President by the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers in November 2017, and took office at the beginning of 2018. The Alliance is the largest state association in the country for Independents.
Mr. Tintera has BS and MS degrees in Geology from Michigan State University and almost 30 years of combined technical and managerial experience: 11 years as an industry petroleum geologist and 18 years as a state regulator. He has an in-depth knowledge of the state and federal regulatory framework of the E&P industry, including RCRA, CERCLA, SDW Act and OPA. In addition, Mr. Tintera has a comprehensive knowledge of environmental assessment, remediation and emergency response.
John’s expertise, sought in the US, has extended abroad where European governments, confronted with the recent potential of developing unconventional energy in their countries, find themselves at various stages of preparedness, given the complexity of issues. They have reached out to John to share practical ideas, technical know-how and regulatory best practices as they create and update regulatory frameworks to allow safe economic development of natural resources, mirroring what has long been underway in Texas. John also delivers papers and consults on numerous other environmental, energy and regulatory issues. John and his wife Jenna live in Austin, Texas.
Jared Weingartner, Engineer
Blue Market Midstream
Jared Weingartner is an engineer at Blue Mountain Midstream, a full-service midstream company focused in the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays. He is responsible for the design and execution of a more than 100-mile gathering system with 70,000-plus bbl/d of disposal capacity.
Prior to joining Blue Mountain, Mr. Weingartner worked as the supervisor–facilities/construction engineering at Devon Energy, where he was responsible for the design and construction of all operated surface facilities in the Delaware Basin, including gas and water gathering lines, central tank batteries and SWDs. He also worked for Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream, where he built gathering systems and facilities across the country.
Mr. Weingartner has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.