Technical information-exchange conference for professionals involved with energy development and hydraulic fracture technology


Conference to showcase water use and treatment technologies and discuss the latest resource development & operational protocols that reduce costs and avoid environmental risk by minimizing water use and maximizing the effectiveness of on-site treatment
Austin, Texas – Tuesday March 19 and Wednesday March 20, 2013
Conference Venue: Hilton Hotel Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin, TX 78719
(800) 584-5091 or (512) 385-6767

AIPG/AGWT 2nd Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues Symposium
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Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies: National Research Council of the National Academies Report, 2012
(Shale-gas, hydraulic fracturing and injection for the disposal of waste water)
Don Clarke, Member of the National Academies Panel and geological consultant, Los Angeles, CA

Don Clarke is a consulting petroleum geologist. He has worked for the California State
Lands Commission, City of Long Beach, Department of Oil Properties (Unit Operator for the
super giant Wilmington oil field) for 24 years. He taught geology at Compton Community
College for 14 years and currently teaches petroleum geology at the University of Southern
California. He is a past president of Pacific Section AAPG. Don was a member of the
National Academies Panel on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies.

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources in Texas
J.P. Nicot, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Hydraulic Fracturing:  Separating Myth from Reality
Steve Leifer, Attorney, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, DC 

An overview of ASTM Committee D18.26, (Hydraulic Fracturing) its scope and how it will operate
Bob Morgan, Director Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA

Advanced methods of aquifer characterization and monitoring design: The application of borehole geophysics, hydrophysics and hydrogeologic methods
William H. Pedler, President, RAS, Inc., Denver Colorado

The case for uniform and detailed testing parameters to identify shale-gas origins with more certainty
John Oneacre, President, Ground Water Solutions Ltd. Houston, TX

Geochemical data, methane and impacts on water wells
Lisa Molofsky, Geologist, GSI Environmental, Houston, TX   

Current and potential future water issues related to Texas shale-gas development
Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator, Water Science & Conservation, TX Water Development Bureau, Austin, TX

Environmental Issues related to Shale-gas development in Texas
Representative from, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region Six, Dallas, TX

Environment Texas: Our perspective on the state’s shale-gas operations and water issues
Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas, Austin, TX

Replacing Perception with Reality: Actual Data on Ground Water Risk Levels from Well Construction and Fracturing. What Industry, Regulators, Environmental Organizations and Neighbors Need to Know

George E. King, Apache Corporation Distinguished Engineering Advisor, Houston, TX

George E. King is a registered professional engineer with over 40 years of experience since joining Amoco Research Center in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in foam fracturing, production from unstable chalk, underbalanced perforating, sand control reliability, gas shale completions and fracturing. Currently, he is working with new technologies for Apache Corporation. He holds degrees in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University, as well as Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa where he also taught completions and workovers for 11 years at night as an adjunct professor. He has written 65 technical papers and was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Engineer of the Year award from the Houston Region of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Protection
Robert Traylor, CPG, Geologist, Texas Rail Road Commission, Austin, TX

West Texas: Oil Companies and landowners work to ensure that shallow groundwater is protected and not used
Hughbert Collier, CPG, Hydrogeologist, Collier Consulting, Inc., Stephenville, TX

Overview of litigation regarding hydraulic fracturing and source rock gas plays
Corey F. Wehmeyer, Attorney, Partner, COX SMITH, San Antonio, TX

Halliburton CSI – What Can It Tell You About Your Frac Additives 
Denise Tuck, Halliburton, Houston, TX

Comprehensive Water Balance for Shale Gas Operations
Richard Bowers, Environmental Engineer, GSI Environmental, Houston, TX

Total Water Management Solutions
John Williams, Director of Engineering and Research & Development, TERRA Services LLC, Irving,TX

Shale Operators Must Follow Best Practices

Stephen Holditch, S. A. Holditch & Associates, Bryan, TX

Stephen A. Holditch is the Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. From 1999-2003, Dr. Holditch was a Schlumberger Fellow where he was a Production and Reservoir Engineering advisor to the top managers within Schlumberger. Holditch was President of S. A. Holditch & Associates, Inc. from 1977 to 1999. Dr. Holditch was SPE President 2002, and he was SPE Vice President of Finance from 1998-2000. As an SPE Office, Holditch served on the SPE Board of Directors from 1998-2003. In addition, Dr. Holditch served as an AIME Trustee from 1997-1998. In 1995, Dr. Holditch was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In 2006, he was elected as an SPE Honorary Member. He has published over 150 technical papers.

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American Ground Water Trust
50 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03305
Phone: (603) 228-5444 | (800) 423l-7748
Fax: (603) 228-6557