The Ohio Oil and Gas Association hosted its fifth annual Technical Conference and Oilfield Expo on November 4 & 5, 2015. This year’s event was moved into the heart of the Ohio oilfield and held in Cambridge at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center.
What really stole the show were the speaker presentations at the Technical Conference, providing in depth discussion on topics impacting the oil and gas industry. Key topics of interest to attendees on Day 1 of the Technical Conference Included:
An overview of the National Stripper Well Association, from chairman Mike Cantrell. Cantrell provided insight into the organization in his presentation Not Your Grandfather's NSWA.
Kevin Kosko with Shale Mountain Resources presented on the Potential and Future Impacts of NORM/TENORM. The presentation covered myths, facts, current and future regulations associated with Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Materials (TENORM) generated during exploration and production activities in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
Erosion and Sediment Control and Cost Management from CEC, Inc. Ababu Gelaye gave the audience insight on some current challenges and considerations in management and compliance of erosion and sediment issues, and how those can have direct impact on project completion schedules, the bottom line and potential liabilities.
The Status of Rulemaking Initiatives presented by Scott Kell from ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management was of interest to many. This presentation looked at the results of amendments to Ohio Oil and Gas Laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly in recent years, and ODNR’s goal to develop effective rules in an efficient manner. Kell walked the audience through the rulemaking process and its design to document considerations of constructive input from the various stakeholders directly affected.
Ryan Elliott with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP Columbus office gave an SPCC Update and Compliance with New Rules. This covered the changing regulatory landscape that operators need to be aware of in order to comply.
Wayne National Forest Lands Minerals Program Manager Richard Jones provided attendees with an introduction to the oil and gas administration on the Wayne National Forest, which has recently become a hot topic. Jones gave an overview on the roll of the Forest Service as the administrator of federal surface estate, mineral development, and coordination with ODNR and BLM.
Tony Villegas with C&J Energy Services provided insight on Lateral Science, Making Engineered Completions, an Every Well Event. Following this Tom Tomastik with ALL Consulting spoke on A Proactive Approach to Addressing Annular Pressure Issues in the Utica-Point Pleasant Shale Play.
Brad Bacon with PDC Energy, Inc. closed out the first day presentations, gaving an insightful presentation on Induced Seismicity—A Growing Concern for the Oil and Gas Industry. This presentation gave the audience a look into some actions that may mitigate the magnitude and the frequency of these earthquakes.