This year’s Technical Seminar will bring together the Midwest’s top industry experts to discuss and educate attendees on today’s most pertinent industry topics. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain premier insight on the latest in the oil and gas field!

The 2017 seminar schedule will be included closer to the event as presentations are confirmed. The 2016 schedule is available for review below.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Moderator: Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations – Ohio Oil and Gas Association


9:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Shawn Bennett, Executive Vice President – Ohio Oil and Gas Association


9:15 a.m. – Low Oil Prices and Big Data Analytics – What’s the Synergy?

Jared Schuetter, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist – Battelle Memorial Institute

The current challenging environment for oil prices has renewed the focus on improving efficiencies across all facets of E&P operations. Petroleum engineers and geoscientists are continually being asked to ensure that “faster, cheaper, better” strategies become standard operating practice. Unfortunately, a good understanding of the factors that are key to achieving these efficiencies is often lacking because of the interplay between complex geology and advanced engineering in today’s oil and gas development projects. This is where “Big Data Analytics” is increasingly being touted as a game changer. The narrative is that more and more sensors are being deployed to generate large volumes of data about the subsurface, the physical infrastructure and the flows. If we could get some additional insights about the reservoir by “mining” this data, then that could help increase the operational efficiencies. This talk will discuss the premises, promises and perils of big data analytics by focusing on: (a) easy-to-understand descriptions of the commonly-used concepts and techniques, (b) broad categories of E&P problems that can be solved with big data analytics, and (c) case studies demonstrating practical applications.


10:00 a.m. – Break


10:00 a.m. – Battelle Break Out Session: Understanding Earthquake Risks Related to Fluid Injection (Colgate-Palmolive Room)

Jacqueline Gerst, Manager, Energy Resources, Battelle Memorial Institute


10:15 a.m. – Produced Water Geochemistry of the Ordovician Utica Shale and Adjacent Formations in the Appalachian Basin

Madalyn Blondes, Research Geologist – U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Science Center

The composition of water co-produced with oil and gas can be used to answer a number of scientific, economic, and environmental questions, including determining the suitability of natural formation water for industrial or agricultural use, understanding reservoir connectivity, and informing disposal plans. The organic-rich Ordovician Utica Shale in the Appalachian Basin has large technically recoverable volumes of hydrocarbons that rival the Devonian Marcellus Shale up section. Our goal is to determine baseline geochemical brine compositions of the Utica and adjacent formations using produced water samples from mature wells to fingerprint different reservoirs and help identify fluid movement between reservoirs during hydraulic fracturing. In addition to discussing the Utica Shale, the utility of the USGS Produced Waters Geochemical Database will be presented.


11:00 a.m. – Saltwater Disposal and Management Panel – An Ohio Perspective

Tom Tomastik, Senior Geologist and Regulatory Specialist– ALL Consulting

The rapid development of oil and natural gas resources from the Marcellus and Utica shales has led to a big demand for Class II disposal of oilfield fluid wastes in the Appalachian Basin. Only Ohio is well suited to handle the demand for Class II saltwater disposal well activity in the Appalachian Basin area.Ohio has seen a renewed rise in environmental activism, has dealt with induced seismicity related to Class II injection, and has passed new regulations addressing well construction, injection well testing, TENORM, and seismic monitoring. The challenges facing injection well applicants and operators in Ohio can be overwhelming. Through best management practices and proper consideration of these challenges can lead to the successful permitting, drilling, construction, completion, and operation of a commercial Class II saltwater disposal facility in Ohio.

Bill Dawson, Vice President Sales & Marketing – Buckeye Brine

This presentation integrates an analysis of Utica wells’ produced water decline over time, existing forecasts of Ohio’s conventional and unconventional development and production, and anticipated capacity from existing and new disposal projects. This data is combined to assess the adequacy of brine injection capacity serving Ohio’s oil and gas industry.

Jason Trembly, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director – Ohio University

Both U.S. energy and economic security rely upon continued development of U.S. unconventional shale plays, which require access to suitably clean water resources. Produced water (brine) is the nation’s largest industrial waste stream, with approximately 22 billion barrels generated annually by the U.S. oil and gas sector. The recent surge and continued development of unconventional U.S. shale plays may result in greater volumes of produced water. Utilizing this brine in development of unconventional shale resources represents a beneficial reuse of this waste stream. This approach can be beneficial to both industry and the public if treatment costs are sufficiently low.

However, direct reuse of brines in shale development activities currently is limited due to constituents found in this waste stream. Specifically, the high levels of dissolved solids found in the brine may cause scaling within the shale or within production casings, reducing well productivity. Current brine treatment technologies including membrane- and thermal-based processes are ineffective in treating brine containing concentrations of dissolved solids greater than 80,000 ppm due to fouling or cost/sizing, respectively.

To address these limitations, Ohio University’s (OHIO) Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) Project 11122-60 and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Crosscutting Research Program Project DE-FE0026315, has been developing an advanced water treatment technology which removes both naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and dissolved solids, via use of a selective sorbent and advanced supercritical water (SCW)-based process.

Previous SCW-based brine treatment systems have been plagued by internal scaling, resulting in inefficient heat transfer, plugging, and process downtime. To address this issue ISEE has been developing both externally- and internally-heated SCW reactor design concepts, which utilize advantageous fluid dynamics and electrically driven Joule-heating mechanisms, respectively. OHIO’s new SCW reactor designs offer the potential to provide a field deployable brine treatment process and a resultant product which may be reused in shale development or other beneficial reuse applications.

To evaluate process potential, ISEE has been conducting both experimental investigations using prototype SCW reactors and process simulations/techno-economic assessments using Aspen PlusTM. Removal of dissolved solids has been investigated at temperatures and pressures ranging from 377-520 °C and 23-32 MPa, respectively, demonstrating the ability to recover greater than 99 percent of salts from brines containing dissolved solid concentrations greater than 280,000 ppm. In addition, minimal to no internal reactor scaling has been observed. Techno-economic summaries have identified important brine treatment cost sensitivity parameters and heat recovery schemes to lower brine treatment costs. This presentation will review experimental and techno-economic studies being completed and briefly introduce other industry-focused research being completed at ISEE.


12:00 p.m. – Lunch 


12:45 p.m. – Artificial Lift Solutions in Point Pleasant Wells

Catlin Ball, Production Engineer – PDC Energy

Presentation will explore artificial lift in the Point Pleasant formation; including Pumpjack, Gas Lift, Plunger Wells, Dual Stage Plunger and ESP. It will show the economics, advantages, and disadvantages of each type of artificial lift.


1:30 p.m. – A Basin Conundrum: Pricing – Past, Present and Future

Tim Bigler, Senior Market Strategist – Direct Energy Business Marketing, LLC

A discussion of the makeup of Appalachian Basin price points, primarily Dominion South Point, and the underlying factors that determine the Index and gas daily pricing models.


2:15 p.m. – Break 


2:30 p.m. – Do You Have Gas?

Rob Cose, Business Development Manager – Command Systems, Inc.

This executive workshop will cover:
Detecting dangerous gases before things go wrong – How do you protect your employees and the public while remaining regulatory compliant?
Setting up a personal gas detection program for your company – How do you implement and operate a practical approach that is cost effective?


3:15 p.m. – US EPA NSPS Quad O “Methane Rules”: How a Small Change has a Large Impact on Today’s Oil and Gas Industry

Thomas Tucker, Senior Air Quality Engineer – Apex Companies, LLC

EPA finalized revisions to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry in May 2016. These revisions add emission reduction requirements for methane emissions for the first time and include additional compliance requirements for equipment across the O&G industry (well sites, gathering, gas processing and transmission).

Michael Szabo, Senior Environmental Engineer/Consultant – GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.

On June 3, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final rules to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), specifically methane (CH4), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new, reconstructed or modified oil and gas affected sources, while clarifying Clean Air Act permitting requirements for the broad oil and natural gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. Sources that are newly constructed, reconstructed or modified after September 18, 2015 are subject to the rule. This presentation covers 1) the New Source Performance Standard

(NSPS) 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOOOa (Quad Oa) rule, 2) the EPA Information Collection Request (ICR), The ICR is intended to gather emission inventory related data from processes and maintenance activities that EPA will use to develop emission standards for existing facilities not already covered by the existing Quad O and Quad Oa rules, i.e. sources newly constructed, reconstructed or modified on or before August 23, 2011 and 3) EPA’s Source Determination Rule, which clarifies when oil and gas equipment and activities must be deemed a single source when determining whether major source permitting programs apply.

John McGreevy, Principal – Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)

New federal air rules promulgated earlier this year included requirements for onshore E&P and midstream operators, mandating the use of specific technologies and intended to influence facilities design to an extent not previously seen. This presentation focuses on the background and implications of two aspects of these rules: leak detection and repair, and closed vent system design certification.


4:15 p.m. – Closing


In collaboration with SPE Ohio Petroleum Section, OOGA is proud to present the Technical Conference presentations. We look forward to seeing you on November 2nd for this captivating series.

SPE Ohio Petroleum Section