2012 UIC Conference

"The Hot Topics in UIC"
January 23-25, 2012
Houston, TX

Final Agenda
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Class I UIC Operator Training

Hydraulic Fracturing Seminar Part 1 Regulatory Considerations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Protection

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Regulatory Panel
Leslie Savage, Railroad Commission of Texas
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Regulatory Panel
Lori Wrotenbery, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
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Regulatory Panel
Don Drazan, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
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Regulatory Panel
Joe Lee, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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Draft Regulatory Development Guide
Scott Kell, Consulting Geologist
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Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal Lands
Michael Nedd, Bureau of Land Management

Hydraulic Fracturing Seminar Part 2 Technical considerations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Protection

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Overview of geology, depositional environments, thickness, areas of gas production
Eric Potter, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology
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Geochemistry of Shale gas basins including NORM and trace elements –
J.P. Nicot, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology
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Water Used for Hydraulic Fracturing: Amounts, Sources and Reuse
Dan Hardin, Texas Water Development Board
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Casing/ cementing and well integrity
Tom Tomastik, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
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Introductory Description of Hydraulic Fracturing
Lloyd Hetrick, Newfield Energy
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Ground Water Baseline Testing for New Oil and Gas Activities – Why? What’s Important? How to conduct?
Wilma Subra, Subra Company
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Baseline Water Well Testing Standard for Coalbed Methane Operations in Alberta-
Brent Bowerman, Baseline Water Resource Inc.
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Tracking Water Quality of Wells in the Vicinity of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in Colorado Using the RBDMS Water System
Paul Jehn, GWPC
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Development of “Greener” Alternatives
Greg Bradley, Dow Microbial Control

Opening General Session

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Welcome from
Stan Belieu, Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, GWPC President
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Opening General
Ann Codrington –Director, USEPA Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water
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Opening General
Dewayne Quertermous, Sierra Club

CO2 Geosequestration: Updates on federal implementation, state primacy and program needs

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Status of DI programs and state primacy applications
Lisa McWhirter, USEPA
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Advancing GS Projects Under a New Regulatory Regime
Bob Van Voorhees, Carbon Sequestration Council
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Class VI UIC Program Implementation and permitting
Molly Bayer, USEPA
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A Generic Standard for Underground injection of CO2
Michael Leering, CSA Standards

General UIC Issues

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Update on the EPA Class VI Data System
Joe Tiago, USEPA
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Methane Farming through Use of Indigenous Microbes
Roland P. DeBruyn, Luca Technologies Inc.
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Updates on the activities of the UIC National Technical Workgroup
Brian Graves, USEPA Region 6
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Update on the changes to the API Well Numbering System
Donald Drazan, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Lunch Presentation

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The Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program addresses: New low-impact technologies that reduce the footprint of drilling activities Light weight drilling rigs with reduced emission engine packages On-site waste management Site access Systems to fit the needs of specific development sites and provides stewardship of the environment Education
Rich Haut, EFD

Class I UIC Wells

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UIC Class I Program Priorities for 2012
Bob Van Voorhees, Underground Injection Technology Council

Class III and V Wells

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Class V in Texas
Bryan Smith, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
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ASR Impediments
John Meyer, Texas Water Development Board

Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing

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Chemical disclosure at the state level
John Veil, Veil Environmental
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NY SGEIS: Lessons learned, a process for interagency and inter-department collaboration
Don Drazan, New York
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Results of the GWPC Research on Alleged Contamination Incidents from oilfield activities: Final Report
Scott Kell, Consulting Geologist

Updates of ongoing and recent Hydraulic Fracturing studies

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The USEPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study
Bruce Kobelski, USEPA
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Methane occurrence in water wells overlying the Marcellus
Lisa Molofsky, GSI Environmental, Inc
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A Geochemical Context for Stray Gas Investigations in the Northern Appalachian Basin: Implications of Analyses of Natural Gases from Quaternary-through-Devonian-Age Strata
Fred Baldassare, ECHELON Applied Geoscience Consulting

Updates of ongoing and recent Hydraulic Fracturing Studies (continued):

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University of Texas Hydraulic Fracturing Study
J.P. Nicot, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology
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The Parker County, Texas Study
Peter Pope, Texas Railroad Commission
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Update on GAO’s Plan to Study Unconventional Reservoir Resources and Identify Risks Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing
Jay Spaan, U.S. General Accounting Office

Class II Wells

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Propagation of Hydraulic Fractures in the Subsurface: A Multi-basin study
Kevin Fisher, Flotek
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Induced seismicity resulting from underground injection operations: A UIC National Technical Workgroup study
Susie McKenzie, USEPA Region 6
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BLM Legacy Wells: Environmental Hazards and Eyesores
Cathy Foerster, Alaska Oil and Gas Commission

State EPA UIC Issues Roundtable

Class VI Permitting:

The FracFocus Chemical Disclosure System: Training for Participating Companies

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The FracFocus system: Its design, features and purposes
Mike Nickolaus, GWPC
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Introduction to the Texas rule concerning chemical disclosure
Leslie Savage, Railroad Commission of Texas
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How to register a company and manage users in the system
Mark Layne, ALL Consulting
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How to download and complete the template and upload records in FracFocus
Brian Woodard, Chesapeake Energy
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Managing records and common problems encountered
Mark Layne, ALL Consulting