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In memoriam: Veronica McNew

The Produced Water Society would like to honor the contributions and efforts of Veronica Leah Vaughn McNew – who passed away on December 3, 2021 after a long battle with cancer – to the society and the Gulf of Mexico water quality industry. 

Many may not have known of Veronica’s battle with cancer.  She was diagnosed in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 quarantines began and most conferences were cancelled.  She had a strong will and she was determined to continue her work and spend time with her family. Over Thanksgiving weekend, she visited as many family members as possible between treatments.

Veronica was a dear friend to many in the Produced Water Society.  She was a long time contributor and attendee to our seminars, as well as other professional organizations through out the Gulf of Mexico. She was also the vice-president of Environmental Enterprises, a water toxicity testing laboratory for many oil & gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico, and she was a true expert in her field.

A memorial service will be held for Veronica on December 16, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Picayune, Mississippi.  Her family asks that donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in her memory. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is well connected to her professional interests and of many in the Produced Water Society.  Additionally, a tree can be planted in her name through the funeral home’s web page.

The Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society invite you to contribute memories of Veronica, as our tribute to her. To share your memories, please reach out to Jess Chapman at, or post them for all to see in the Produced Water Society group on LinkedIn.

To read Veronica’s obituary, please click here.

Veronica McNew with former PWS board member Emily Sappington and PWS president Steve Coffee
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