October 20 – 22, 2015 over 100 participants gathered in Pittsburgh to focus on emerging technologies and business opportunities in shale resource development and to visit shale field operations. In addition to experts from the U.S., participants included international experts on Argentina, Canada, China, Europe, Netherlands, Mexico, and South Africa. Others represented included exploration and production companies, environmental and engineering service companies, universities, research and development organizations, consultants, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), environmental non-government organizations, and legal firms. The program comprised keynote presentations, expert panel discussions, exhibits, and networking and technical receptions.
Technology challenges and solutions discussed through topical presentations and audience participation included water and solid waste management, efficiency, environmental footprint, life cycle modeling and management of waste streams, wellbore integrity, NORM (naturally occurring radioactive materials), methane emissions, legacy oil and gas wells, shallow stray gas, induced seismicity, waste water injection wells, shale well siting tools, EPA hydraulic fracturing study and enhanced well completion methods. A robust audience discussion considered U.S. DOE, exploration and production, environmental organization and international activities in shale development.
Operational tours that included gas processing facilities, a well services company, and shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations offered an important perspective of the size, complexity, and professional level of management of shale development activities.
The following are highlights of the ideas and information from both presenters and audience participants:
Conference organizer Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is a leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges. Conference sponsors and exhibitors included CH2M, CleanAir, Deloitte Consulting, EQT, Fluid Recovery Services, Ridge Policy Group, Rel-Tek, Tetra Tech, Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER PA), and the University of Pittsburgh.
Thanks to all participants for contributing to a successful event!
Over 100 attendees participated in the inaugural edition of this conference. Participants included international organizations and experts from the U.S., China, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Korea; exploration and production (E&P) companies, environmental and engineering service companies, universities, research and development organizations, consultants, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), environmental advocacy groups, economic development organizations, and legal firms. The program included keynote presentations, expert panel discussions, exhibits, and a networking reception.
Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges, was the conference organizer and primary sponsor. Shale Alliance for Energy Research (SAFER PA), an independent not-for-profit focused on Pennsylvania shale research and education, was another sponsor, along with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC). EIC is a LEED Platinum Center that will co-locate collaborative university-industry projects, proof-of-concept energy technology demonstration laboratories, an early-stage business incubator, and targeted workforce training programs.
For more information about the past workshop contact Patrick.Findle@gastechnology.org