For more information on any of our collaborative efforts, contact:
Rich Haut, rhaut@HARCResearch.org - 281-364-6053
The EFD Program collaborates with various other organizations and efforts. These include:
Continuing the Quest
The Quest to Reduce the Environmental Footprint : Operators, service companies, suppliers, research universities, government agencies and environmental organizations are all interested in working together to devise innovative methods to reduce the environmental footprint of onshore field development requiring high density drilling and completion operations.
Taking a holistic approach in addressing environmental and community issues such as air, water, and land, we wish to focus on identifying gaps as well as opportunities.
The diverse ecosystems found around the world, semi-arid, upland/woodlands, wetlands, urban, etc. all have unique criteria for low-impact operations. Many oil and gas producers have identified and implemented cost-effective environmental practices and technologies as part of their standard operating practices. The challenge will remain with balancing operations with ecosystems and socioeconomic concerns with economic viability of solutions.
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC): The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose members consist of state ground water regulatory agencies which come together within the GWPC organization to mutually work toward the protection of the nation’s ground water supplies. The purpose of the GWPC is to promote and ensure the use of best management practices and fair but effective laws regarding comprehensive ground water protection. Their mission is to promote the protection and conservation of ground water resources for all beneficial uses, recognizing ground water as a critical component of the ecosystem. They provide an important forum for stakeholder communication and research in order to improve governments’ role in the protection and conservation of groundwater.
Sustainable Research Network (SRN): The Sustainable Research Network (SRN) is part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability investment. NSF has entered into a coooperative agreement with a University of Colorado Boulder led team of scientists, engineers and educators, and eight partner organizations. The team is studying social, ecological and economic aspects of the development of natural gas resources - and the protection of air and water resources - in the Rocky Mountain region.
GSI Environmental: GSI is an environmental engineering firm specializing in the assessment and management of environmental risk. They have worked worldwide, providing industry with innovative solutions to soil, ground and surface water, and air pollutions concerns and associated regulatory issues.They emphasize careful data collection and analysis and technical ingenuity in order to provide solutions that are both efficient and effective.
EFD is working with GSI on the RPSEA/industry funded Advanced Analytics Method project.
In addition, one of our team members, the Colorado School of Law has launched three comparative law datasets at www.lawatlas.org/oilandgas. The LawAtlas database is a comparative tool for examining water quality, water quantity, and air quality laws and regulations related to oil and gas development. The database currently includes 17 states, federal agencies (including EPA and BLM), and a few local jurisdictions that regulate development for many of the major shale plays across the country.
The database is a resource that policymakers, local governments, regulated entities, and concerned citizens can use to inform themselves about the scope of laws in their own and other jurisdictions.
In the coming year datasets will be expanded as interest demands and resources are available. At a minimum, laws related to induced seismicity from wastewater disposal wells will be added to the water quality dataset.
For more information on the project, contact Kathryn Mutz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for this database project was provided in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Also, Jim Slutz, another of our team members, is a strong contributor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Emerging Issues blog, see: emerging.uschamber.com/blog for various articles.