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Environmental Stewardship in Oil and Gas Development

23 – 25 September 2014

Austin, Texas| AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

About this Workshop


The U.S. currently finds itself in the enviable position of having an abundance of cheap, domestic energy as a result of technical advancements in the oil and gas industry. This abundance in energy supply is one of the primary drivers currently supporting the American economy. To fully reap the benefits of this new-found energy, it is the responsibility of the oil and gas industry to develop these resources in a socially responsible manner. We must continually monitor and improve our operational techniques regarding fresh water sourcing, handling and disposal of produced brine, surface and subsurface well integrity, emissions from flowbacks and product handling and environmental stewardship with regards to the additives we use during hydraulic fracturing operations. 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 and on Industry efforts at communicating the safety and environmental track record we have to the various stake holders involved with domestic energy extraction. 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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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 1.6 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.