Wastes from Oil and Gas Fields in Shale Formations

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The development of shale gas and oil resources is producing major shifts in the U.S. and global energy picture. Within the Appalachian Basin, the Marcellus shale has an estimated 84 trillion cubic feet of available gas reserves the underlying Utica is thought to hold 38 trillion cubic feet of gas and 940 million barrels of oil. As development continues, the associated drilling and operation waste streams, recyclables, and material reuses are being defined. Mr. Ballod will discuss the development of the Appalachian Basin shale gas, with a focus on the waste and recycling materials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The course will offer a professional engineer’s perspective on shale gas waste management and provide updates on current waste management practices and leading issues, including the use of underground injection as a method of wastewater disposal.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of Shale Formation Gas and Oil as an energy source
  • Discuss the various waste, Recyclables and Material reuses developed from the extensive drilling and production operations
  • Create a concise Waste Management Program
  • Define the latest disposal developments including Underground Injection Control (UIC)

Course Length
48 minutes