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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

HARC Andra Wilcox, Research Associate, Energy Production, presented at the HSE for Unconventional Oil & Gas Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 10, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Rich Haut presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Conference on hydraulic fracturing in San Diego, California on March 18, 2014.

Rich Haut participated on the Drilling & Wells Task Area Challenge panel, moderated by ExxonMobil, at the Global Technology Exchange, in Florence, Italy, April 7-11, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC Senior Research Scientist, Rich Haut, is featured in ASME podcast on ways to tackle environmental issues in relation to petroleum drilling and production and hydraulic fracturing.


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