SPE Online Education
Water Management in the Energy Industry: Strategies, Best Practices and Metrics
Includes a Live Event on 08/22/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
The purpose of this panel is to discuss water management strategies, best practices, reporting and metrics in the energy industry.
There is increasing interest in evaluating different approaches for managing fresh and produced water to minimize adverse environmental impacts, including surface water and ground water contamination and induced seismicity. Various approaches will be discussed, such as produced water reuse for hydraulic fracturing, treatment and use for irrigation.
Applications for unconventional reservoirs throughout the US will be discussed, with emphasis on case studies in the Permian basin.
This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Bridget Scanlon and Kenneth Carlson and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Bridget Scanlon and Kenneth Carlson.
Bridget Scanlon is a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. Her degrees are in Geology with a focus on hydrogeology with a B.A. Mod. from Trinity College, Dublin (1980); M.Sc. from the Univ. of Alabama (1983), and Ph.D. from the Univ. of Kentucky (1985). She has worked at the Univ. of Texas since 1987. Her current research emphasizes the interdependence of water and energy, focusing on water quantity aspects. Her group has evaluated water issues related to unconventional oil and gas production in the U.S., including historical and projected water volumes related to water scarcity in semiarid regions, induced seismicity, and disposal capacity. She has authored or co-authored ~175 publications. Dr. Scanlon is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Kenneth Carlson is the Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He has over 30 years of experience in addressing water related issues; especially optimizing the synergies between water and energy and has championed efforts to increase the sustainability of water use in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years. CEWS employs scientists, engineers and researchers working on various energy-water sustainability initiatives. On-going efforts include developing and deploying the industry’s first standardized freshwater reporting framework and metrics that would assess and certify oil and gas operators on their water stewardship program and thereby enable and encourage operator efforts towards freshwater stewardship, an important component of a responsibly sourced gas (RSG) certification program. Carlson has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Eric Daniels (Moderator)
Eric Daniels, Ph.D., is a Senior Hydrogeologist and Remediation Specialist in Chevron’s Technical Center HSE Function, with 30years of experience. Eric received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He integrates expertise in hydrogeology, remediation technology, and geochemistry, and collaborates with engineering experts, to develop practical solutions to reduce environmental impacts at Chevron upstream and downstream operations, and help solve oilfield well performance problems. His current technical work focuses in three principle areas:
- -R&D, technical consultation, and strategic guidance for groundwater remediation solutions at Chevron’s marketing, chemical, refining, and upstream facilities.
- -Recommended practices and guidance for environmental stewardship in shale asset operations, with respect to groundwater protection and water management.
- -Application of water geochemistry data to assess and mitigate oilfield production problems.
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