Michael Dunkel, Global Technology Leader

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, 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

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.


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.


Mark PattonPresident

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.