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GEOLOGICAL AND GEOTECHNICAL APSECTS OF SHALE OIL & GAS WELL DEVELOPMENT

This track covers the geological and geotechnical aspects of site characterization, drilling, hydraulic fracturing, stimulation and cleaning of the wellbore.  Papers are invited to present procedures, advancements, case studies and field data addressing the technologies used in modeling and monitoring the formation of fractures, well integrity and seismic impact of the disposal of produced water in injection wells.

WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN SHALE OIL & GAS DEVELOPMENT

Shale oil and gas well development is dependent on one of our most precious resources, water.  This track will deal with the broad array of water resource issues associated with hydrocarbon rich shale development, including water sources and supplies, water quality requirements, alternative sources, and the impacts of these demands on the environment. It will also address issues related to the water that results from hydraulic fracturing and drilling operations, including both flow-back and produced water, and potential means of treatment, disposal, and reuse of these waters. Click here for more information.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL, REGULATORY AND PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES

This track will address topics related to current and evolving scientific based environmental impacts of shale oil and gas production and the most cost effective and environmentally sound practices being developed in the industry.  This tract will seek to explore public policy issues on the subject and will provide a platform to review the current status of regulatory requirements, including the dynamics between local and federal requirement. 

 

SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR SHALE OIL & GAS PRODUCTION

The infrastructure track will address topics related to the impacts to existing infrastructure (roads, bridges, pipelines, etc.) by shale oil and gas developments, and to the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of new infrastructure.

 

A total of 10 paper and panel sessions will cover infrastructure-related topics.  In addition, a track PLENARY SESSION will provide a great opportunity to hear from experts who will bring a unique perspective, provide context to the track, and challenge all of us with a roadmap of ideas, challenges, and strategies for the future.