The American Society of Mechanical Engineers holds their conference on Hydraulic Fracturing, March 16 -19, at the Houston Marriott Westchase. The conference includes workshops, exhibition, and an array of distiguished speakers.
The first day of the conference begins with a short course on Hydraulic Fracturing 101. The course reviews equpiment, materials, rock formations, and fluids used. What really catches my attention is how Hydrochloric acid and Hydrofluoric acid are used to to react with sand stone and lime stone to release more gas and oil.
The speakers that really stand out at this meeting are the ones at the opening keynote (see slideshow):
- David Porter, Texas Railroad Commission, Austin, Texas, “Texas Oil and Gas: Regulations Challenges and Opportunities”.
- David Miller, API, Washington, DC, “How API’s Shale Gas Standards and Best Practices support Shale Gas Development”.
- Paula Grant, US Department of Energy, Washington, DC, “Federal Research Contributing to the Prudent Development of Oil and Natural Gas Resources”.
Overall, a pretty good meeting. Good exhibitions and great mixers afterwards. I must admit this howerver, I came away from the meeting wishing that someone, especially from the government had addressed the question of shale gas flaring. A petroleum refinery is required by law to report to the EPA every accidental release sent to flare or atmosphere. Shell Oil is even developing technology for “CO2 Sequestration”. Yet, the US is burning up shale gas like it is going out of style. It is like we are living in an environment of “Double Think”.
Richard Carranza, www.richardcarranza.com