We are Hillstone Environmental

Providing comprehensive water management solutions to the oil and natural gas industry.

Who We Are

Hillstone Environmental Partners provides water infrastructure solutions to the oil and gas industry.  We offer a fully integrated water midstream solution, allowing us to maximize operating efficiency, reduce costs, and reduce environmental footprint for our customers.  Our solutions include designing, building, owning and operating water pipelines, water and waste disposal sites, as well as providing water treatment, recycling, and re-use.  Hillstone’s pipeline monitoring solutions include 24/7 SCADA monitoring and leak detection, and allow customers to seamlessly manage end-to-end water value chain electronically and in real-time to maximize efficiency, accountability, and safety.

Hillstone’s water pipeline and disposal system in Loving County, Texas has total throughput capacity of 480,000 bpd across an interconnected network of pipelines and disposal wells.  This interconnected system allows us to gather, transfer, recycle and dispose of water across our entire system and manage through water spikes or unplanned outages, giving our customers certainty that their produced water will be disposed of reliably, safely, and without interruption. Hillstone has also treated more than 100 MMbbl of water in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Ohio.  Our patented CoagulizationTM process uses mobile treatment units which each treat 20,000 bpd of water, and can be integrated into existing client operations and done concurrently with drill-out and flowback, either on-pad or near field.

Hillstone is able to tackle any water management project in any shale basin for our clients.  We identify the most effective water strategies for our clients to drive efficiencies and increase overall operational performance.  We have designed our business with a stable, multi-year approach that reduces the effects of volatility in the oil and gas market and creates strong long-term performance and stability.

Hillstone was founded in 2015 and operates in the Permian Basin, Williston Basin, and Marcellus / Utica play.  The Company has offices in Denver, Colorado, Midland, Texas, and Bridgeport, West Virginia.

540000bpd of Pipeline Capacity
510000bpd of Disposal Capacity
100000000Barrels Treated / Filtered

Our Team

Jay Parkinson

Jay Parkinson

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jay is responsible for leading, directing, and executing Hillstone’s strategy and growth initiatives. Prior to founding Hillstone, Jay was an Operating Executive with Golden Gate Capital focused on investment opportunities in the Energy Services, Infrastructure, and Exploration and Production segments. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Nuverra Environmental Solutions. Prior to joining Nuverra Jay was a Managing Director in the Energy Investment Banking group at Jefferies and Company where he focused on upstream unconventional oil and gas. While at Jefferies he advised on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions in the energy sector.

Jay holds an M.B.A. from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, an M.S. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

John Rivers

John Rivers

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Pipeline Business Development

John leads Hillstone’s pipeline business development efforts. He has over 30 years of experience in energy and industrial markets and has developed numerous produced water and waste management systems for the oil and gas industry. John previously served as Director of Business Development at Nuverra Environmental Solutions and AE2S Water Solutions.

C.B. Lackey

C.B. Lackey

Chief Operating Officer

C.B. is responsible for overseeing Hillstone’s operations, project design, cost and construction management, safety management, and practices. He brings to Hillstone over 40 years of experience in the energy industry, including nearly 35 years with EOG Resources. He held positions of increasing responsibility at EOG, finishing up his career managing all water handling operations in EOG’s Denver Division, which included the Williston, Powder River, and DJ basins. C.B. began his career with Halliburton in Texas prior to EOG.

C.B. holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Daniel Huang

Daniel Huang

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel is responsible for all finance and accounting related functions at Hillstone. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at Nuverra Environmental Solutions. Before joining Nuverra he was an investment professional at H.I.G. Capital and focused on the firm’s debt/equity, special situations, and corporate lending strategies. Prior to H.I.G. he worked at the D. E. Shaw group and Jefferies & Company’s Energy Investment Banking group.

Daniel holds a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.A. in Economics and B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sean Hawkins

Sean Hawkins

Chief Legal Officer

Sean is responsible for all legal related functions at Hillstone. Sean previously served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Nuverra Environmental Solutions.

Prior to joining Nuverra Sean was an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP, in the firm’s Dallas office. At Thompson & Knight LLP he practiced in the areas of finance and commercial real estate, focusing on complex loan transactions throughout the United States.

Sean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Certificate in Study of Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Donavan

Paul Donavan

Vice President of Engineering

Paul is responsible for overseeing engineering and project management at Hillstone. He has over 18 years of experience in the energy industry ranging from integrated majors to startups. Prior to Hillstone, Paul served as Executive Vice President of Engineering at First River Energy where he was responsible for engineering, project management, and HSE. Before joining First River Energy, Paul was a senior facility engineer at EOG Resources responsible for pipeline infrastructure, produced water gathering, SWD’s, and production facilities for various shale basins including the DJ, Bakken, and Powder River. He previously worked for ExxonMobil in various roles and locations ranging from global technical advisor, project engineer on deep water offshore projects, subsea operations, and integrity.

Paul holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Tony Gutta

Tony Gutta

President of Permian Division

Tony is responsible for all aspects of Hillstone’s field operations, including planning and development of the company’s water infrastructure business. He works closely with the engineering and business development teams on project planning and coordination. Tony has significant experience designing, managing, and implementing water infrastructure and water recycling projects in both the Permian and Marcellus / Utica areas.

David Grafe

David Grafe

Vice President Subsurface Operations

David is responsible for overseeing Hillstone’s drilling, completion, and downhole maintenance operations. He brings to Hillstone over 35 years of energy experience in the Permian Basin, including nearly 30 years with Clayton Williams Energy. David drilled, completed, and maintained horizontal wells in the Bone Springs, Wolfcamp, Austin Chalk, Buda, Georgetown, and Eagleford formations. He also created Desta Drilling and served as Vice President of this wholly owned drilling subsidiary. David began his career with Halliburton in Wichita Falls Texas.

He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Vincent Lopez

Vincent Lopez

Vice President of Finance and Accounting

Vincent is responsible for overseeing the accounting, financial reporting, and financial planning and analysis functions at Hillstone. In that role he works closely with the operations, engineering, and business development teams. He previously served as Vice President of Administration at Shalewater Solutions.

He holds a B.S.B.A with a concentration in Accounting from West Virginia University.

Joey Hainsfurther

Joey Hainsfurther

Vice President of Corporate Development

Joey is responsible for corporate planning and commercial development of Hillstone’s infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Hillstone, Joey managed the Rocky Mountain and Permian business development for RigUp, an Austin based energy technology company. He previously held various positions at ProPetro Services, including field operations and business development.

Joey holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Business from The University of Tulsa. He also graduated as a four-year baseball letterman and team captain with a B.A. from Baylor University.

Lydia Williams

Lydia Williams

Business Development Director

Lydia is responsible for developing and maintaining customer relationships for Hillstone. Prior to joining Hillstone, Lydia worked as a regional sales lead for Select Energy Services where she promoted various company service lines. She began her career in the oil and gas industry at Nabors Well Services.

Lydia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Technical Director

Ryan serves as Hillstone’s Technical Director where he is responsible for implementing and optimizing water treatment processes and technology. In this role he collaborates with business development to match the proper offering with customer goals. He also works with operations on project startups, process optimization, and quality assurance. Ryan started his career as an environmental scientist with the Alyeska Pipeline service company. He later went on to work in multiple roles within Eurofins TestAmerica including Customer Service Manager for Oil and Gas.

Ryan holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and M.S. from Duquesne University in Environmental Management.

Lenny Altenburg

Lenny Altenburg

Corporate Safety Director

Lenny is responsible for directing, developing, and overseeing Hillstone’s policies, procedures, and programs for environmental, health, and safety compliance. Prior to joining Hillstone, Lenny was the supervisor of corporate HSE for QEP resources where he was responsible for reporting and analyzing all corporate EHS metrics, implementation of the HSEMS (Health, Safety & Environmental Management Systems), along with the implementation of the company’s Good Catch/Near Miss Process to reduce the company’s overall TRIR Rates. He brings 39 years of safety experience in the energy industry, with previous positions of increasing responsibilities at ARCO Coal, Rio Tinto Mining, Solvay Chemicals, Freeport-McMoRan, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and Marathon Oil.

Lenny holds a B.S. in Occupational Health & Safety from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.

Bill Falkenstein

Bill Falkenstein

Automation Manager

Bill is responsible for overseeing the automation and instrumentation of Hillstone’s pipelines and facilities, including data centralization, inter-facility communication, data collection, and the maximization of facility and pipeline operational efficiency. He has over twenty years of experience as a SCADA, metering, and automation design specialist in the energy and wastewater industries. Bill previously worked in the energy industry for ExxonMobil and is an ISA Certified Automation Professional serving on the ISA 112 SCADA Standard Development Committee.

Chris Stanton

Chris Stanton

General Manager, Permian

Chris is responsible for the daily operations of Hillstone’s Permian Basin division including pipeline, SWD, and treatment operations. He is closely involved in the design and development of new projects in the Permian. Prior to joining Hillstone Chris was the Director of Residual Waste for Shalewater Solutions where he managed over 60 employees, oversaw multiple water infrastructure facility buildouts, and dealt with numerous government agencies regarding permitting and environmental compliance.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

General Manager, Marcellus / Utica

Sam is responsible for the daily operations of Hillstone’s Marcellus / Utica operations, where he overseas the Company’s water treatment and recycling operations. He has over seven years of experience in the oil and gas water industry. Prior to joining Hillstone Sam worked at Shalewater Solutions.

Heidi Cogar

Heidi Cogar

Human Resources Manager

Heidi is responsible for planning, developing, and directing the administration of all Hillstone’s Human Resources and Payroll functions. Heidi’s responsibilities include overseeing Hillstone employees’ compensation and benefits, recruiting, onboarding, performance management, training and development, labor law compliance, and workers compensation.

Heidi holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University, with a minor in Sociology and an Area of Emphasis in Business Administration and Communications. She has also achieved the designations of PHR and SHRM-CP.

Robert Brasington

Robert Brasington

Senior Facilities Engineer

Our StrategyCombining management expertise, in-house technology, stable and flexible capital support and a long-term investment horizon to provide customers with industry-leading comprehensive water infrastructure solutions.

Hillstone has a fully integrated water midstream solution, allowing us to maximize operating efficiency, reduce costs, and reduce environmental footprint for our customers.  This solution includes water transportation via pipeline, water treatment for re-use, as well as water disposal services.  Hillstone’s unique and proprietary software and pipeline monitoring solutions allow customers to seamlessly manage this end-to-end value chain electronically and in real-time to maximize efficiency, accountability, and safety. 

Hillstone is focused on both developing greenfield projects for customers, including owning and operating infrastructure assets, as well as monetizing existing water infrastructure assets that E&P companies own and which may be non-core to their strategy.  When acquiring such assets, Hillstone endeavors to enter into long-term partnerships with E&P users, and takes a long-term investment horizon.

Our Values

  • Do the right thing – always.
  • Be vigilant and uncompromising about safety and a safety culture.
  • Team first.  Share the credit.  We, not I.
  • Focus relentlessly and entrepreneurially on our customers to deliver legendary customer solutions and service. Our customers are our greatest asset.
  • Play fast, be nimble, adapt.
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about what you do (you owe it to yourself) – and create a culture that fosters this among others.
  • Hire and surround yourself with extraordinary people.
  • Take the initiative, innovate and create.  Challenge yourself and the organization.
  • Focus on process as well as outcomes.  Win each day.
  • Communicate – ideas, challenges, and solutions.
  • Have fun.  Laugh a lot.
  • Recognize and embrace the huge responsibility our customers have entrusted us with.

 

Hillstone Environmental

Industry-leading water management solutions