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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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Project Announcements

Researcher Announcement

Carolyn LaFleur was elected vice-chair of the Institute's Environmental Council and standing committee on Hydraulic Fracturing at the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute International Congress in Portland, Oregon.

Researcher Announcement

Rich Haut was invited to participate on the panel of the 2014 Clyde Martz Summer Conference, Water and Air Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development: The Evolving Framework of Regulation and Management, on June 6, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado.

Meeting Announcements

Rich Haut, HARC's Program Director of Energy Production, accepted an invitation to participate on the HEI Scientific Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Team held a workshop on Natural Occurring Radioactive Material at Ohio State University on May 12, 2014.


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