2021 UTA Oil & Gas Conference

Join us at the upcoming 2021 UTA Oil & Gas Conference!

Marriott Marquis Houston Tuesday, December 14 – Wednesday, December 15, 2021

In Cooperation with OSHA, EPA, and NIOSH

This year’s combined event will focus on two regulated segments in the oil and gas industry: safety and health and environmental. As always, the conference will provide a platform to exchange new ideas and concepts related to the oil and gas industry, all with the overriding goal of achieving better safety and environmental operations and regulatory compliance. Take this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences or products and services by participating in the 2021 UTA Oil & Gas Conference. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this world-class conference.

GSI Environmental will be presenting on two hot topics.

Methane Emissions from Marginal (Low-Producing) Oil and Natural Gas Wells Presented by Ric L. Bowers, PE, BCEE

There are more than 1.1 million oil and natural gas wells in the US, of which about 770,000 (~70%) produce less than 15 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day and are considered “marginal” in terms of their profitability to operators. While costs of regulatory compliance impact all producers, the small independents who operate many such wells could be disproportionately impacted, with associated economic impacts to energy production, states, and communities.

Results and findings will be presented of a recent research project, funded by the US Department of Energy and others, to characterize and quantify methane emissions specifically from low-producing oil and gas well sites across multiple U.S. regions and compare these results to published data on emissions from non-marginal wells.

Response Measures for Stray Gas Impacts to Groundwater Resources Presented by Jonathan M. Skaggs, PG & Travis M. McGuire, PE

Stray natural gas impacts on groundwater resources from oil and gas exploration, production, or storage has garnered significant public concern in the past decade. However, stray gas migration is by no means a new challenge related to oil and gas extraction. This talk discusses key considerations with regard to the fate and transport of gas in the subsurface, the unique nature of risks posed to groundwater users, related regulatory guidance on stray gas in the U.S. and Canada, and how these factors inform the investigation and response strategy. Recent case studies will be presented that highlight strategies for source determination.