water in unconventional oil and gas - conference detail

Session Chairman: James Laughlin, WaterWorld

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:45 AM -12:15 PM

The Economic Case for Sustainable Water Management in Oil & Gas Production
Steven Hopper – Veolia Water Americas, Industrial Business Group

The need for huge volumes of water is a growing challenge for oil and gas production. Managing the risks associated with access to water, regulatory requirements and production goals has become more challenging. Improvements in drilling and production technology have lowered operating costs, but the need for water management remains unchanged. Understanding and managing these risks associated with water management represents an economic and sustainable business opportunity for energy producers. The presentation will review three types of water issues that arise from oil and gas production and ways to turn risk into opportunity: 1) Controlling the stormwater runoff from disturbed areas 2) Obtaining sufficient freshwater supply for steam generation and 3) Managing the flowback and produced water from the well.

In his role as Executive Vice President, Industrial Business Group, Mr. Hopper manages business operations, growth activities and technology development for industrial clients across all major sectors in the Americas. This includes managing P&L activity for an approximate $200M business unit, consisting of 525 people serving approximately 100 clients through longterm contracts and partnerships. Mr. Hopper is an experienced business manager with experience in P&L management, operations and maintenance (O&M) management, fixed asset management, investment and risk assessment, service contract negotiations, business development, process engineering and construction management. He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is also active in participating in Executive Programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

The Integrated Assessment of Water Resources for Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays, West-Central Alberta Project
Derek Brown – Strategic West Energy Ltd.

Regional water source inventory to support unconventional oil and gas activities in west-central Alberta.

Derek Brown (M. Sc., P. Geo.) is principal of Strategic West Energy Ltd., a resource development firm founded in 2007. The company provides strategic advice, operational, management and technical products and services for resource play developments. Strategic West’s consulting services specialize in regulatory affairs and policy issues, water management, hydrological fracturing community outreach, and geological field assessments focused on unconventional resource plays. Recent work includes participation in resource play and hydraulic fracturing Community Information Sessions in the Northwest
Territories, Project Manager for West-Central Alberta Water Project, a regional water inventory in key resource plays of Alberta and various projects with the National Energy Board. This presentation is co-authored by Brad Hayes, president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. and Ben Kerr, founder of Foundry Spatial Ltd.

Regional Water Sourcing Assessment for Marcellus Shale Hydraulic Fracturing in West Virginia
Jeffrey Hale – Kleinfelder

This presentation evaluates potential water sources for hydraulic fracturing in West Virginia on a regional basis. These include the Ohio River, its tributaries, groundwater and coal mine drainage. Optimization for a regional water sourcing strategy and the viability of coal mine drainage as a water source are also addressed.

Mr. Hale is a Senior Principal Professional and Hydrogeology Practice Leader with Kleinfelder an international science and engineering consulting firm. He is a Professional Geoscientist in Alberta and a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania. Mr. Hale is also an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. His professional interests include water resoures issues affecting the oil and gas industry and groundwater contamination and supply.

Session Chairman: Jeffrey Hale - Kleinfelder

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Crude Oil and Chloride Impacted Groundwater Management along a Scenic River in Central Texas
Victor Barchers – Kleinfelder

This presentation will discuss practical yet innovative strategies applied to the mitigation of crude oil and produced water seepage to a scenic river in Texas. Techniques applied on this project range from passive adsorption of hydrocarbons to mass flux and dilution modeling of dissolved chloride. Limited access to the river and the steepness of the riverbank were challenges that had to be overcome for data collection and remediation activities.

Victor Barchers is a registered Professional Engineer working for Kleinfelder in the state of Texas. Victor has experience as an environmental consultant for projects including upstream oil and gas, retail stations, bulk fuel terminals, and chemical mixing facilities.

Hydraulic Fracturing – What Your Company Needs to Know About Creative Advances in Civil Litigation
Nathan Atkinson - Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

The presentation will address the impact of hydraulic fracturing on potable water supplies from the unique perspective of a litigator retained to defend energy companies against allegations of personal injury, property damage, and medical monitoring. Lawsuits alleging exposure to hydraulic fracturing fluids, chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, and naturally occurring compounds (including manganese, iron, and radon) are becoming more and more common, capturing the attention of plaintiffs’ firms big and small alike. The influx in civil actions stemming from hydraulic fracturing, particularly in the Marcellus Shale play, reflect evolving theories of recovery, ranging from traditional common law tort claims to products liability and securities fraud, to name a few.

Mr. Atkinson’s primary area of practice is litigation focusing on toxic tort and environmental litigation, as well as complex, multi-party commercial litigation. Mr. Atkinson has experience litigating complex environmental and toxic tort lawsuits involving exposure to various chemicals and contaminants; litigating multi-party lawsuits involving drilling, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), procurement of energy and extraction of natural resources and environmental contamination; and representing businesses in litigation involving exposure to naturally occurring radioactive materials (“NORM”), as well as a litany of manmade chemicals including perfluorinated chemicals. Additionally, Mr. Atkinson has experience litigating water contamination and mass chemical exposure cases and serves as a lead member of Spilman Thomas & Battle’s litigation strike force, The Battle Group, litigating high stakes, document-intensive litigation. Mr. Atkinson obtained a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1998 and his J.D. from Mercer University in 2001.

Trace Element Mobility and the Role of Subsurface Heating
Jon Fennell – Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd.

Heating of the subsurface from industrial activities has the potential to mobilize certain chemical constituents into the groundwater environment. This presentation will highlight results from investigations into this phenomenon, including natural attenuation mechanisms.

Dr. Fennell is Vice President of Geosciences and Water Security at Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd. (a water, waste and energy management firm based in Calgary). He has over 26 years consulting experience in the resource sector with more than 20 years related to water management in the conventional and unconventional oil and gas sector. Jon received his B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Calgary in 1994, and Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Calgary in 2008. His areas of specialization include physical and chemical hydrogeology, groundwater- surface water interactions, environmental forensics, water supply and waste disposal, and risk assessment. Jon’s skills also extend to assessing the effects of climate change and land use on basin hydrology, and developing effective management strategies to ensure water security and sustainability. In addition to his company duties, Jon sits on the Board of
Directors for the Bow River Basin Council (a water planning and advisory council under Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy).

Session Chairman: Rafael Gay-de-Montella – Transprocess Inc.

Thursday, July 25, 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 AM -10:00 AM

Clean Technologies for Produced Water and Frac-Flow Back for Reuse in Hydraulic Fracturing
Ariel Ginzburg – SAIT Polytechnic

This presentation will cover integrated water management in hydraulic fracturing. The Environmental Research Group, ARIS department at SAIT will report on a study aimed at consolidating Clean
technologies for the on-site treatment of frac flowback and produced water that may meet the water quality requirements for reuse and recycle operations. An additional outcome of this study is to identify the most effective sequence of clean technologies and treatment trains for an integrated management of frac flow back and produced water recycle.

Ariel Ginzburg is an applied researcher with the SAIT Polytechnic department of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS). Over the course of time spent at SAIT, Ariel has consulted on several water treatment projects, primarily the scoping and evaluation of clean technologies for frac water treatment and re-use. In addition, Ariel plays an active consulting role on the new hydrofrac water treatment operator program at SAIT Polytechnic. Performance of a New Production Water Treatment System for Recycle and Reuse
David Bubenheim

Dr. Bubenheim will present performance results from use of a new water treatment technology for treatment and recovery of wastewaters from traditional and non-traditional production.

Dr. David Bubenheim is a research scientist and technology developer. He has developed advanced regenerative life supports systems for NASA. Reliable and efficient waste treatment for recovery and recycle of resources is of particular relevance. Dr. Bubenheim has received R&D Magazine’s Best 100 New Technologies and the Best New Technology awards.


Session Chairman: Prit Kotecha - Suncor

Thursday, July 25, 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 AM -12:00 PM

Market Potential in Western Canada for Salt Produced from Oil & Gas Related Waste Brines
Keith Minnich - WaterSMART Solutions Ltd

One of the notable characteristics of many oil and gas produced waters is the high concentration of dissolved salt, primarily sodium chloride. This presentation will summarize the results of an assessment of the salt market in Western Canada to investigate if there is a potential outlet for salt produced from oil and gas waste brines.

Keith Minnich received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Water Resources Engineering. Keith has held a variety of positions in engineering, project management, general management, and business development for water treatment companies. He has more than 30 years of industrial water treatment experience in the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia with an emphasis on recycle and reuse of water in the oil and gas industry. Keith is currently working as a water management consultant for WaterSMART Solutions, a Calgary based company committed to improving water management in Alberta. Mr. Minnich is registered as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and the Province of Alberta. He is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

New Technologies for Management of Waste Brines within SAGD
David Pernitsky – Suncor

This presentation summarizes some of the successes and challenges experienced with SAGD brine management systems, as well as the bench-scale test results from an investigation into the solidification of waste brines as an alternative to MacKay River’s existing gas-fired rotary dryer ZLD equipment.

David Pernitsky is a Senior Process Engineer in Suncor’s Research Engineering group in Calgary, Canada, where his primary responsibility is to develop water treatment technologies for Suncor’s in-situ Oilsands operations. This strategy includes investigations of innovative produced water de-oiling, treatment and desalination technologies, brine and sludge management approaches, and opportunities for water re-use. David has 20 years of technical experience in water and wastewater treatment in a variety of industries. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Reduced Liquid Discharge for Alberta SAGD
Charlotte Bessiere – Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies

The presentation will demonstrate the robustness of Veolia seeded evaporator process in Alberta in a Reduced Liquid Discharge operation.

Charlotte Bessiere is a Research Engineer for Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, specialized in the HPD Evaporation and Crystallization technology. Her background and experience is in Chemical Engineering and Environment.



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