The State of New Mexico and EPA have released a draft white paper titled "Oil and Natural Gas Produced Water Governance in the State of New Mexico". The 43-page document addresses the roles of different agencies in managing produced water from oil and gas activity. This includes the regulatory hurdles to be dealt with if water will be reused or recycled, or put to some beneficial use such as in agriculture. There is also a section that identifies gaps in the regulatory and policy framework related to governance of produced water, including financial assurance concerns. The final white paper should be issued next year, and may be a precedent for similar efforts in other states or more broadly at the federal level. More information is available here on the EPA's website.