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Reducing Environmental Impact of Unconventional Resource Development

24 – 25 April 2013

Denver, Colorado | The Brown Palace Hotel

About this Workshop


The responsible development of unconventional oil and gas resources demands that the oil and gas industry maintain its exceptional level of environmental awareness. This is accomplished through constant scrutiny and continual improvement of industry efforts. With that continual improvement in mind, this workshop will focus on innovative technologies for well construction and integrity, greener stimulation techniques, waste and water management, improving air quality during and after the completion, and with the protection of groundwater and the ecosystems we work in. Emphasis will be placed on best practices that mitigate current environmental risks. Attendees will be expected to challenge the status quo, to engage in discussion, and to exchange ideas regarding ongoing applications and issues surrounding unconventional resource development, including the regulations and legislation that currently (or may in the future) have an impact on our industry.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.8 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.