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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

Meeting Announcements

Environmentally Friendly Drilling will host Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization Workshop at Houston Advanced Research Center - Lone Star Campus Center in the Board Room on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Virtual Rig Kiosk was displayed at the 2nd Annual Energy Network Expo on April 3, 2014 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Project Announcements

The EFD website now features a video magazine section, which includes a series of 'Ask the Experts' videos updated throughout the year.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Rich Haut will be in an upcoming segment in Business Week as part of an interview with Keane Group to address environmental issues associated with oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing.


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