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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Scorecard

The development of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Scorecard has been ongoing since 2008. The first 3 ½ years focused on reaching a consensus for the various attributes through a series of workshops, meetings and paper exercises. For the past year the scorecard has been undergoing various tests. This testing consists of reviewing systems and technologies as well as applying the scorecard to past and ongoing operations. The objective is to develop a methodology that documents the environmental and societal tradeoffs associated with energy development taking into consideration variances in geographic regions. The scorecard will allow operators to objectively assess and continually improve their environmental performance and their service providers and it may enable companies to provide transparent documentation of performance. .

During 2012 the Scorecard was tested at actual drilling operations as well as drill-a-well-on-paper exercises. The testing gathered findings to enhance the Scorecard process. An operator-only meeting was held in Spring of 2013 to review the status of the Scorecard. The Scorecard will be issued in 2013 based on input received from sponsoring operators. In addition, further testing of the Scorecard will be performed in order to determine unique characteristics that need to be included for different ecosystems.

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Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Rich Haut will present at the NSF Sponsored Workshop: Development of Green Fracturing Fluids and Sustainable Remediation and Containment Technologies Conference on April 21, 2015 at UALR.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Rich Haut presented at the ESRI Petroleum GIS Conference on April 10, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Rich Haut presented on "Measuring Cost-Effective Practices to Address Environmental and Societal Issues Associated with Oil and Gas Development" at the SPEOKC - POS 2015 conference. The conference was held March 1-5, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Andra Wilcox, Research Associate, Energy Production, presented on the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Scorecard at the 2015 Society of Petroleum Engineers E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference in Denver, Colorado on March 17, 2015.


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