SPE/SEG Workshop: Injection Induced Seismicity - The Next Chapter 12 - 14 Nov 2019 DoubleTree Dallas Market Center Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists


Tuesday, November 12

12:00 - 12:00
Poster Session 1 Grand Ballroom Foyer
2-day Session


Poster 1 Presenter: Jens Lund Snee, Stanford University

Poster 1 Title: Style of Faulting and Maximum Horizontal Stress Orientation in Unconventional Oil and Gas Basins of North America


Poster 2 Presenter: Jie Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China

Poster 2 Title: Induced or Tectonic Earthquakes Near Shale Gas Production Sites in Sichuan Basis of China


Poster 3 Presenter: Cornelius Langenbruch, Stanford University

Poster 3 Title: Value at Induced Risk: A Risk Management Approach Based on Low-probability High-impact Events


Poster 4 Presenter: Brian Zurek, ExxonMobil

Poster 4 Title: Risk Screening for Geological CCS Projects


Poster 5 Presenter: Nadine Igonin, University of Calgary

Poster 5 title: Injection-induced Seismicity and Runaway Rupture


Poster 6 Presenter: Ganyu Teng, Stanford University

Poster 6 Title: Short-term Probabilistic Hazard Assessment in Regions of Induced Seismicity


Poster 7 Presenter: Peng Li, University of Texas

Poster 7 Title: Seismogenic Structures in the Eagle Ford Shale Play Constrained From Waveform Moment Tensor Inversion


Poster 8 Presenter: Sepideh Karimi, Nanometrics Inc.

Poster 8 Title: Probabilistic Real-time Induced Seismicity Forecasting Tool: Operational Performance Review


Poster 9 Presenter: F. Kavoura, University of Texas

Poster 9 Title: Local Magnitude Estimation in Texas Based on Recordings From the Texas Seismological Network


Poster 10 Presenter: I. Grigoratos, University of Texas

Poster 10 Title: Identifying Wastewater Induced Seismicity in Oklahoma with Certain Statistical Significance

12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Session 1: The Ongoing Evolution of Science, Knowledge & Risk Management Approaches "Learnings & Progress Since November 2017 - Workshop No. 4" Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Shawn Maxwell, Encana; Kris Nygaard, ExxonMobil

Presenter 1: Jake Walter, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Presentation 1: Induced Earthquake Causation in a Realm of Overlapping Mitigation Zones

Presenter 2: Mark Zoback, Stanford University

Presentation 2: Long-distance Pressure Transmission via Fault Damage Zones and Earthquake Triggering Well-below the Frac Gradient

Presenter 3: Peter Hennings, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation 3: What We Now Know or Think We Know About Induced Seismicity in Texas?

Induced seismicity from the injection of fluids into the earth remains a significant concern for oilfield activities such as saltwater disposal and hydraulic fracturing operations. The number of induced earthquakes occurring in the oil and gas producing regions of the Central United States and Western Canada has been declining over the past few years, highlighting the successful implementation of improved regulations and effective operational practices. However, technical engineering and geoscience challenges remain.  This opening session will explore the current state of learnings and progress since the last workshop in November 2017, and highlight forward opportunities and challenges.

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Session 2: Understanding Regional Regulatory Perspectives Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Shawn Maxwell, Encana Tim Tyrell, XTO Energy

Presenter 1: Paul Dubois, Texas Railroad Commission

Presentation 1: Permitting Salt Water Disposal Wells in Seismically-Active Areas of the Permian Basin

Presenter 2: Colin Brooks, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Presentation 2: Identifying Seismicity Induced By Well Completion in Oklahoma: A Multi-Year Spatial and Temporal Review

Presenter 3: Stu Venables, BC Oil & Gas Commission

Presentation 3: Regulatory Approach to Induced Seismicity in BC


Differences in geology, industry practices, population, politics, and other factors lead to various regulatory responses and requirements. These actions have evolved in recent years with degrees of success in mitigation, both in the area of water disposal and the increasing focus on seismicity related to hydraulic fracturing.  This session discusses a range of regulatory practices in North American and European operations, and examines effective regulations for newly active areas.    

17:00 - 18:30

Wednesday, November 13

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 3: Salt-Water Disposal Operations – Integrated Case Studies Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Peter Hennings, UT-BEG; Bill Ellsworth, Stanford University

Presenter 1: Rongqiang Chen, Texas A&M University

Presentation 1: Coupled Fluid Flow and Geomechanical Modeling of Seismicity in the Azle Area (North Texas)

Presenter 2: Mike Brudzinsky, Miami University, Ohio

Presentation 2: A Review of Several Basins Where Saltwater Disposal Induces Seismicity in Some Cases but Not Others

Presenter 3: Heather DeShon, Southern Methodist University

Presentation 3: Integrating Data, Interpretations and Modeling to Mitigate Earthquakes in the Fort Worth Basin

Seismicity associated with petroleum production has in a number of cases been linked to disposal by injection of large volumes of wastewater.  In other cases, disposal of large volumes of wastewater has not led to earthquakes.  The goal of the session is to explore the similarities and differences between disposal operations where seismicity does and does not occur.  We encourage contributions that examine case studies through an integrated analysis of geological, geophysical and operational data.

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 4: Salt-Water Disposal Operations – Science & Technology Advances Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Mike Brudzinsky, Miami University, Ohio; Bill Ellsworth, Stanford University

Presenter 1: Ellen Rathje, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation 1: Assessing Seismic Risk from Induced Seismicity

Presenter 2: Cornelius Langenbruch, Stanford University

Presentation 2: Anthropogenic and Geologic Controls of Induced Seismicity

Presenter 3: Dmitrii Merzlikin, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation 3: Earthquake Detection Using PhaseNet: Pecos Array Case Study

Disposal related seismicity occurs frequently in some places and rarely, if at all, in others.  Seismicity rates also vary widely even when disposal volumes and rates are comparable.  For this session we invite contributions that apply physical and statistical models to provide a quantitative framework for identifying risk factors for wastewater disposal induced seismicity.  We also invite contributions that develop prospective models for where and with what intensity seismicity may occur and how the associated hazard evolves with time and changing operational conditions.

11:30 - 13:00
12:00 - 12:00
Poster Session 2 Grand Ballroom Foyer
2-day Session

Poster 1 Presenter: Dave Eaton, University of Calgary

Poster 1 Title: Induced Seismicity Characterization Using a Focal-time Method in the Montney Formation, British Columbia, Canada


Poster 2 Presenter: Paulina Wozniakowska, University of Calgary

Poster 2 Title: Machine Learning-based Analysis of Induced Seismicity Potential in the Montney Formation, Western Canada


Poster 3 Presenter: Ali Kashefi, Stanford University

Poster 3 Title: Spring-Slider and Finite Element Modeling of Microseismic Events and Fault Slip During Hydraulic Fracturing


Poster 4 Presenter: Survat Lele, Exxon Mobil

Poster 4 Title: Modeling of Stress Changes Around Hydraulic Fractures to Estimate Effect on Induced Seismicity


Poster 5 Presenter: Yongsoo Park, Stanford University

Poster 5 Title: Revisiting the Guy-Greenbrier Seismic Sequence with Deep Learning Accelerated Cataloging


Poster 6 Presenter: Louis Quinones, Southern Methodist University

Poster 6 title: Crustal Shear Wave Splitting and Pore Fluid Pressure in Johnson County, TX


Poster 7 Presenter : Peter Hennings, University of Texas

Poster 7 Title: Analysis of Seismogenic Pore Pressure Thresholds in the Ft. Worth Basin from Comprehensive Hydogeologic Modeling


Poster 8 Presenter: Peter Hennings, University of Texas

Poster 8 Title: Integrating Regional Models of Faults, Stress, and Hydrogeologic Modeling to Determine the of Evolution of Fault Slip Potential in the Ft. Worth Basin


Poster 9 Presenter: Lily Horne, University of Texas

Poster 9 Title: New 3D Structural Model of the Delaware Basin with Application to Understanding Recent Earthquakes


Poster 10 Presenter: Noam Dvory, Stanford University

Poster 10 Title: Does Past Production Affect Hydraulic Fracturing Induced Earthquakes in the Delaware Basin?

13:00 - 14:30
Session 5: Stakeholder Engagement Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Dave Eaton, University of Calgary; Shawn Maxwell, Encana

Presenter 1: Jie Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China

Presentation 1: TBD

Presenter 2: Anna Kuchment, Dallas Morning News

Presentation 2: How the Public Responds to Human-Induced Earthquakes 

Presenter 3: Chris Hillman, City of Irving

Presentation 3: Seismicity & Public Engagement- Addressing “Why Is It Happening?” and “Am I Safe?”

An interactive session is planned with a panel representing industry, regulators and academia describing experiences, opportunities and challenges during interactions with various stakeholders. The important aspect of public education and engagement will also be explored including panelists representing the press and public educators. An automated (interactive) polling & feedback system will be used to leverage audience experiences and engagement.

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 6: Hydraulic Fracturing Operations – Integrated Case Studies Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Hemali Patel, BP; Steve Willson, Apache

Presenter 1: Dave Eaton and Thomas Eyre, University of Calgary

Presentation 1: The Role of Aseismic Slip in Hydraulic-fracturing Induced Seismicity: Potential Implications for Monitoring

Presenter 2: Alexandros Savvaidia, Texas Seismology Network (TexNet)

Presentation 2: Evidence for Induced Seismicity in the Delaware Basin, West Texas

Presenter 3: Shannon Fasola, Miami University, Ohio

Presentation 3: Hydraulic Fracture Injection Strategy Influences the Probability of Earthquakes in the Eagle Ford Shale Play of South Texas

Induced sesismicity from hydraulic fracturing operations is a major concern in some areas.  In this session three case histories will be presented showing the range of issues faced, monitoring techniques employed, and mitigation measures adopted to manage the risk.

Thursday, November 14

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 7: Hydraulic Fracturing Operations – Science & Technology Advances Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Hemali Patel, BP; Steve Willson, Apache

Presenter 1: Rob Skoumal, United States Geological Survey

Presentation 1: Improved Understanding of Induced Seismicity Using Waveform Correlation

Presenter 2: Ahmad Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma

Presentation 2: Poroelastic Stresses Associated with Hydraulic Fractures and Disposal Wells

Presenter 3: Tim Tyrell, XTO Energy 

Presentation 3: Responsible Operations in Areas Susceptible to Hydraulic Fracturing Induced Seismicity

In this session key factors differentiating IS caused by hydraulic fracturing from produced water disposal are discussed.  The contributions of poroelastic stress effects and hydraulic diffusion will be described, contrasting the typically small pressure change/large volume response from SWD with high stress change/small volume response from HF.  Drawing upon experiences from Canada and elsewhere, maximum event magnitude vs. injection volume relationships for HF-induced IS are compared with those for SWD.  Modeling approaches for assessing IS risk from HF operations will be reviewed.  

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 8: Mitigation Approaches: Industry Perspectives and Approaches Grand Ballroom
Session Chairpersons Shawn Maxwell, Encana; Kris, Nygaard, ExxonMobil

Panelist 1: Sobhi Alhashwa, Encana

Presentation 1: Advancing the Management of Hydraulic Fracturing Related Induced Seismicity Risk

Panelist 2: Jamie Rich, Cimarex 

Presentation 2: TBD

Panelist 3: Lisa Block, US Bureau of Reclamation

Presentation 3: Responding to Increasing Seismic Hazard from Long-Term Injection at Paradox Valley, Colorado

This session will explore learnings, progress and the range of approaches that are being used to manage and mitigate the risks associated with seismicity that may be induced by injection.  Over the last few years, industry have developed a range of fit-for-purpose approaches to identify and manage risks associated with seismicity, considering both hydraulic fracturing operations and salt-water disposal operation.  Such approaches have been developed considering scope of specific operations and understanding of the local geology and contributing risk factors.  The session will provide a forum for sharing industry observations and learnings associated with the diversity of approaches that have been developed and applied to better manage risks associated with injection induced seismicity.

11:30 - 12:00