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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program

The overall mission of the EFD program is to provide unbiased science to address environmental issues associated with unconventional natural gas exploration and production. EFD focuses on issues related to land, air, surface and ground water, emissions and societal impacts.

The EFD Program is lead by Dr. Rich Haut, Senior Research Scientist and Program Director of Energy Production. Through the EFD program, Rich and his team lead various projects, including the EFD Technology Integration Program (EFD-TIP), EFD Coastal Impacts Technology Program (CITP), EFD Europe (EFD-EU) and various EFD Sponsors’ Projects.

The EFD-TIP partners with numerous organizations including industry, academia and environmental groups as well as the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) and the US Department of Energy. Field testing and research projects are underway to evaluate technologies and best management practices developed in order to minimize the impacts of natural gas exploration and production.

EFD-CITP focuses upon measuring how environmental issues are being addressed. This comprehensive program utilizes technology road mapping to identify, environmental impact mitigation to evaluate, inter-state collaboration to coordinate efforts and workforce development initiatives to educate the practices of current and future employees. An online virtual rig has been created to help educate current and future employees in this industry as well as the general public that would like to know what it is like on a drill rig.

With the increase in exploration and production of shale gas in the United States, it is crucial that all stakeholders understand the processes and myriad technologies involved and the practices available and currently used. Misinformation has the potential to further confuse community members who have questions about what is taking place in their communities, as well as across the country. The EFD program strives to provide data objectively so concerns can be addressed.

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Project Announcements

Researcher Announcement

HARC Carolyn LaFleur discusses EFD Technology Integration Program funded by RPSEA at the “Best of RPSEA 10 Years of Research: Ultra-Deepwater and Onshore Technology Conference”, August 30-31, 2016 in Galveston.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC’s Rich Haut will present at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition at The Colorado Convention Center in Denver on September 26, 2016.

Researcher Announcement

The EFD Program has been selected by the IOGCC Compact Commission’s Stewardship Award Subcommittee to receive an honorable mention award in the Environmental Partnership category on October 3, 2016.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC's Carolyn LaFleur will present at the Best of RPSEA 10 years of Research – Ultra-Deepwater and Onshore Technology Conference August 30, 2016 in Galveston.


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