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A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for March 28-April 10 .

In memoriam

Dan Caudle passed away March 30. He began his career in 1966 as an environmental engineer with ConocoPhillips, where he became a recognized expert in produced water management and environmental technology. Caudle provided technical support to the company’s global operations and taught internal courses on a variety of topics. Following his retirement in 1993, he joined Sound Environmental Solutions as a consultant.

Caudle was a lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was a member of the American Chemical Society and NACE International. Caudle was also involved with the Produced Water Society, for which he provided much support since its founding in 1990 through the selection of conference speakers and review of technical papers. Beyond participation in those organizations, Caudle published extensively and gave many presentations at industry events.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, four children and seven grandchildren.

Career transition

In March 2020, Brent Halldorson left Texas-based water services provider Fountain Quail Water Management (FQWM), where he had held the position of water treatment CTO. He had been with FQWM since it was created in 2004, and continued to oversee its produced water recycling division after the company was acquired by XRI Holdings in April 2019. FQWM was the first commercial water recycler in US shale and during 2004-2015 the company built more than 18 recycling sites in the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Permian plays, as well as distilled more than 30 million bbl of produced water back to freshwater. FQWM has also been a leader in providing clean brine systems.

Prior to joining FQWM, Halldorson was COO of thermal evaporation startup Aqua-Pure Ventures and held various positions at Colt Engineering, an oil & gas engineering firm founded by his father Jake. Halldorson helped start the Texas Water Recycling Association, serving as its chairman for eight years. He continues to be a board member of the Produced Water Society and looks forward to new challenges in produced water management.

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