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!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


 8:40 AM – Welcome

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


8:45 AM – OOGSC – Emergency Response to Gas Meter Station Slip*

Corey Mislinski, Project Development Engineer – GeoStabilization International

A gas meter station was developed on the side of a hill using conventional earthwork methods. Within a short period of time after construction, settlement and lateral movement of the station was observed. The pipe racks tilted, the buildings were no longer resting evenly on their foundations, and cracks began to form at the pad surface. This presentation will describe the cause and effect of the slip, what was at stake, emergency response contract methods, and the cost alternatives of what could have happened had the owner not been proactive.


9:45 AM – Minimizing Costs and Maximizing Assets for Salt Water Disposal Wells

Bob Rabe, Senior Account Manager – ChemTreat

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.


10:30 AM – Break


10:45 AM – Structural Control of the Point Pleasant Formation Deposition and Production

Devin Fitzgerald, Certified Petroleum Geologist – EMF Geosciences, Inc.

Wes Casto, Petroleum Engineer – Casto PE

Robert Thomas, President – EMF Geosciences, Inc.

This presentation takes a deep dive into the depositional and subsurface model of the Utica/Point Pleasant play. Many geological variables need to be taken into consideration before drilling a well or acquiring acreage within the play. “Why are the good ones good and the bad ones bad?” This is the model for an in-depth understanding of that very question.


11:30 AM – Capacity Control for Reciprocating Compressors

Michael Varney, Application Engineer – Ariel Corporation

Capacity Control for Reciprocating Compressors will discuss the how and why to manipulate flow and power on a reciprocating compressor package. Capacity control theory will be presented as well as different methods and technologies to make capacity control possible.


12:15 PM – Lunch


1:00 PM – In-Pipe Turbine Generator (IPTG)

Bill Schleter, Project Manager – Lightning Master Corporation

Bryon Hodges, National Sales Manager – Lightning Master Corporation

Lightning Master has developed an innovative, in-pipe turbine generator (IPTG) that generates electrical power by recovering energy from gas or other fluids flowing through a pipe. The unit is designed to operate unattended at remote locations that have limited or no access to commercial power.

The IPTG replaces a short section of pipe at or near a wellhead. The flow of the fluid through the pipe spins an internal, permanent magnet array. The magnetic flux generated produces current in a coil array external to the pipe. Output is 24V DC, and is sufficient to power SCADA or small motors, or to charge batteries or serve other general utility uses.

Installation is simple and straight-forward, using industry standard flanges and standard electrical connectors. The unit is contained in a Class I, Division I enclosure, and is rated for 2,000 PSI.


1:45 PM – Site Selection Criteria for Petrochemical and Energy Services Facilities

Bryce Custer, President, Petrochemical & Energy Services
Ohio River Corridor, Inc.

Site Selection is critical to the success of petrochemical and energy services projects. Location with suitable logistics; rail, river and interstates coupled with a skilled workforce to build and operate facilities are in short supply. This presentation will compare and contrast the OH, WV and PA region to the successful Mont Belvieu, TX area. Discussion of Ohio River Corridor properties utilizing a “tiered” multi-level pad approach due to geographic constraints.


2:45 PM – Dissolved Hydrocarbon Gas Analysis in Water

Mark Bruce, Corporate Technical Director – TestAmerica

Predrill background studies to support hydraulic fracturing activities in the various shale plays are a common risk management strategy. Ground water analysis for methane is a study critical component. Proper water sample collection and laboratory analysis techniques are needed to produce results that accurately reflect current ground water conditions.


3:30 PM – Characteristics and Performance of Microbial-Based Well-Stimulation and Paraffin Dispersal Products Obtained From a Novel Fermentation Process

Martin Shumway, Technical Officer – Locus Bio-Energy Solutions LLC

Unique patent-pending processes have been developed using active microbial products to enhance oil recovery and control paraffin accumulation in oil wells. Results of field applications are given for well stimulation to increase production and for paraffin control in conventional wells. Cost-effective performance is demonstrated for both treatments. A description of the mechanisms of action are reported based on laboratory experiments.


4:15 PM – Closing



*Attending this presentation is part of the 
OOGSC meeting