Shale gas webinar looks at current well waste and production data

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on the latest, six-month natural gas production and waste figures released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, will feature extension educator Matt Henderson and extension associate Dave Yoxtheimer. They will analyze this recent data and current trends, as well as provide insight into current unconventional gas-well production.

"Production from unconventional wells has grown exponentially over the past several years," said Henderson. "Looking at the production data gives a glimpse of the core areas of development and the potential for future development."

During the webinar, Henderson, who is shale gas asset manager with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research,will examine production results on a statewide and localized level, looking at top areas of production and results by different operators.

Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist with the center, will review waste production records.

"We'll examine the wastewater production volumes in 2013 by considering the rates of treatment, reuse and disposal, and we'll compare them to previous years," he said. "In addition, we'll evaluate rates of wastewater generated per unit of gas produced to determine water efficiency trends."

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Webinars for 2014 include the following:

--March 27: "Land and Property Valuations with Shale Development," featuring Jeffrey Kern, senior appraiser for Resource Technologies Corp.

--April 17: "Pennsylvania Royalty Calculations and Decline Curves," featuring Jim Ladlee, associate director of the Penn State Marcellus Center and director of special initiatives for the Penn State Shale Training and Education Center.

--May 15: "World Oil and Gas Resources, Consumption, and New Trends, According to U.S. EIA," presented by Aloulou Fawzi, industry economist and project manager of the exploration and production team with the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Registration\for the webinars is not necessary and all are welcome to participate by logging in to
the website. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at cal24@psu.edu.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website covering a variety of topics, such as oil and gas best practices; Act 13 (Pennsylvania's oil and gas law); the volume of gas in shale formations under Pennsylvania; seismic testing; air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; royalties; gas-leasing considerations for
landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland; gas pipelines and pipeline project trends; and the reclamation of cuttings from the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.

Last Updated February 17, 2014