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A proposal was submitted to the Drilling Engineering Association (DEA) to conduct a study that will determine how resource development can occur without negatively impacting the environment. This will address: current practices that impact the environment, practices that have been developed in protecting the environment, and determine what can we do better. This study will include information about changes in regulations and practices/perceptions related to environmental concerns that will affect drilling in different areas.

The goal is to answer the ultimate question: “can drilling be done with no significant environmental impact?” If so, what would be part of the process? What would need to be changed? And what impacts the process, including: regulations, drilling and completion practices, equipment, emissions, training, roads, site, surface and ground water? This also includes roads, traffic, dust, noise, lights, wildlife, and even public perceptions. It should also take into consideration regional differences and the impact that efficiencies can make in the process.

A gap analysis report will be conducted looking at the current system and approach to drilling and how to enable drilling with the least amount of environmental impacts. This report will be provided to every company who participates. A public report that will be generated by the EFD program and vetted by all participants will also be published. The report will look at the current system and approach to drilling and how to enable drilling with the least amount of environmental impacts. We believe this will encourage innovation as service providers will be able to more clearly prioritize their internal research efforts or investments with academia. Companies will better be able to identify and utilize appropriate technologies, equipment and solutions. The public and policy makers will be able to see where we are, without the lens of political agendas or bias.

This project proposal is a broad and comprehensive effort requiring subject matter experts from various disciplines. The challenges we all face if we are to continue this trend of increasing drilling and production can best be met by a collective effort. If a study is solely conducted by or sponsored exclusively by industry, it, unfortunately, will lack the credibility of the intended goals to its intended audience; however, we do not believe this comprehensive study can be done without the leading industry experts.

 

For more information contact:

     Tom Williams, twilliams@LEIDLLC.com, 713-201-3866