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Project Information

Project Information


Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development


Project Scope:

The National Research Council (NRC) will convene a Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development that will provide a platform to examine issues of national and regional importance related to the development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in support of three primary objectives:

(1) Data and Research by critically examining the existence, availability, and adequacy of existing baseline data and research and of data and research gaps and needs, including data collection, management, and accessibility. Data types may include the scientific, engineering, human and environmental health and safety, regulatory, economic, and societal aspects of unconventional hydrocarbon development.

(2) Communication, Outreach, and Awareness by informing participants about education and outreach opportunities and ongoing research through public meetings and workshops.

(3) Partnerships, Collaborations, and Self-Implementing Activities by incubating potential public-private partnerships, collaborations, and activities to address research issues, to share scientific information and data, and to develop best practices.

 The Roundtable will focus its activities in four areas:

(a) Natural environment-- Earth, water, air, ecosystems, geography, climate
(b) Human environment-- human health and safety, workforce, public perception and acceptance, community structure
(c) Constructed environment-- Technology, engineering, and infrastructure
(d) Interfaces and innovation among the natural, human, and constructed environments

All activities of the Roundtable will be conducted in accordance with institutional guidelines described in “Roundtables: Policy and Procedures.”

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BESR-14-01

RSO: Eide, Elizabeth

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Industry and Labor
Transportation and Infrastructure
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership



Committee Membership

No data present.


Events



Location:


Petroleum Museum
1500 West, I-20
Midland, TX, 79701
USA

Event Type :  
Workshop

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Marriott Pittsburgh Airport
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, PA, USA

Event Type :  
Workshop

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver
13200 East 14th Place
Aurora, CO, 80011
USA

Event Type :  
Workshop

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

Well completion and stimulation technologies to develop hydrocarbon resources offshore have evolved over many decades.  While hydraulic fracturing has become widely known to the public with the intensive development of unconventional resources onshore in recent years, less understood by the public are other common well completion and stimulation technologies that are used in offshore operations including hydraulic fracturing, “gravel packs,” “frac-packs,” “acid-fracs,” and “matrix-acidizing treatments.”  


This workshop will explore the unique features of operating in the U.S. offshore environment, including well completion and stimulation technologies, environmental considerations and concerns, and health and safety management.  The audience and speakers from across government, industry, academic, and non-profit sectors will share information and their perspectives on operational and regulatory approaches to minimize environmental and human risk in developing offshore resources. Participants will also examine technical, environmental, and regulatory challenges and opportunities that will be captured in a workshop proceedings volume and an archived webcast. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No


Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The evolution of “unconventional” technologies to develop hydrocarbon resources such as shale oil and gas began as an outgrowth of many decades of development of conventional oil and gas fields. As conventional fields have matured, the activities associated with them have undergone a natural shift in emphasis and intensity from exploration and production drilling to operational monitoring and management of production and transmission infrastructure, to decommissioning and plugging wells, and finally to reclamation at the surface.

In relation to managing risk associated with the long-term future of areas that experience unconventional oil and gas development, two themes will be explored in this workshop: (1) the lifecycle development of these fields, including decommissioning and reclamation of wells and related surface and pipeline infrastructure; and (2) fluid injection and its relationship to induced seismicity.  

Each issue presents opportunities to survey expertise gleaned from decades of industry practice, scientific research, and regulatory approaches. The workshop will examine approaches that have led to successful management of these kinds of operations throughout their lifecycles and will identify technical and regulatory challenges and opportunities that could be the focus for future work.  Workshop presentations and discussion will pursue information and data gaps, regulatory drivers, monitoring and assessment needs, and needs for development and testing of new technologies.   


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2219

Agenda
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No


Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

Produced water—water from underground formations that is brought to the surface during oil and gas production—is the greatest volume byproduct associated with oil and gas production. It is managed by some combination of underground injection, treatment and subsequent use, treatment and discharge, or evaporation, subject to compliance with state and federal regulations. Management of these waters is challenging not only for industry and regulators, but also for landowners and the public because of differences in the quality and quantity of produced water, varying infrastructure needs, costs, and environmental considerations associated with produced water disposal, storage, and transport.


Video Recordings

Workshop Playlist


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eric Edkin
Contact Email:  eedkin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No


Publications