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Environmental Impact—Technical Solutions for the Exploration of Oil and Gas Resources

13 – 14 May 2014

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | The Westin Nova Scotian

About this workshop


Responsible exploration and development of oil and gas resources demands that the oil and gas industry maintain and increase our exceptional level of environmental awareness.

This consciousness will be accomplished through constant scrutiny by all stakeholders, continual improvement of industry efforts, and technological development to improve E & P techniques and minimize its environmental impact.

Aiming for continual improvement, this workshop will focus on innovative technologies in geophysics drilling, well design, construction and integrity, greener stimulation techniques, waste and water management, emissions control during and after the completion, and 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 accepted practices, new technologies and issues surrounding oil and gas resource exploration and development.

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

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Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members.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. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.


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 equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are 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.