Workshop: Water Challenges & Opportunities with Shale Gas Exploration and Production

by Duane Nichols on September 11, 2012

Monongahela River @ Pittsburgh

November 1-2, 2012, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

A one-and-a-half day workshop is scheduled to bring together experts to discuss current water management technologies and process utilized to address water use and impacted water disposal.  This workshop, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), will focus on the engineering design and in-the-field implementation of water use and reuse activities. 

Shale oil and gas exploration and production has dramatically increased as a result of advancements in both exploration technology and reservoir simulation techniques; specifically horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
Opportunity: This one-and-half day workshop is scheduled to bring together experts to discuss current water management technologies and processes utilized to address water use and impacted water disposal. This workshop will focus on the engineering design and in-the-field implementation successes and challenges of water use and reuse activities. The workshop will provide a forum for the presentation of current management processes and case-studies as well as provide attendees the opportunity to interact with technical experts who are actively working and addressing these timely and critical issues.

Technical Program:

Keynote Address: Jeffrey Daniels, Director of Subsurface Energy Resource Center at Ohio State University and Cal Cooper, Manager of Special Projects at Apache Corporation will give the address to kick off this workshop.

Day 2 Opening Address: Danny Reible, Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin will open the second day of the workshop

Water Treatment:
Chair: Al Sacco, Texas Tech University; Co-chair: Audra Morse, Texas Tech University. Speakers: Nathan Hancock, Director of R&D, Oasys Water, Inc., Tor Polmgren,Schlumberger Environmental Testing, John Lucey, Executive Vice President, Heckmann Group, Cal Cooper, Manager of Special Projects, Apache Corporation

Water Sourcing/Logistics: Chair: Dan Mueller, Zephyr Environmental. Speakers: Paula Ballaron, Regulatory Program Director, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Sam Bacon, Encana Energy

Wastewater Disposal: Chair: Mark Wilson, GE Power & Water; Co-chair: Lee Lundberg, Veolia Water. Speaker: TBD from Texas A&M, TBD from Chesapeake, TBD from Veolia Water

Water Reuse and Recycle: Chair: Jessica Gray, ERG; Co-Chairs: Martin Abraham, Youngtown State University, Tracy Young, Dow Water. Speakers: Aaron Johnson, Dow Water & Process Solution, David Yoxtheimer, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Technical Advisory Committee


  - Dan Mueller (Zephyr Environmental)
  - Patricia Brush (Air Liquide)
  - Todd Ennenga (Purestream Technology)
  - Jessica Gray (Eastern Research Group)
  - David Klanecky (Dow)
  - Lee Lundberg (Veolia Water)
  - Wendy Young Reed (Chemstations)
  - Danny Reible (University of Texas)
  - Al Sacco (Texas Tech University)
  - Randy York (Chevron)


In addition to the keynote, second day opener, and four technical sessions, there will be a panel discussion of experts in the field on day two, and networking opportunities during coffee breaks, lunches, and receptionist throughout the workshop.

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Denny Rhodes September 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The objective of this workshop is to provide a framework for evaluating supply chain process, and product risks. The workshop provides participants with risk management principles, techniques and tools that will help them to address and mitigate process and product risks over the supplier life cycle.


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