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HYDRAULIC FRACTURING    OPERATIONS:SEPARATING FACT FROM      FICTION  Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies             Frac...
Regulatory Considerations             Surface Considerations           Subsurface Considerations1
Regulatory ConsiderationsSurface Considerations                               Air Emissions                               ...
Regulatory ConsiderationsSubsurface Considerations                   Protecting Underground                      Water Res...
Protecting Underground Water Resources                         Well Integrity                           Is the Key!4
Well Integrity    1                                           2        Evaluate Stratigraphic Confinement          Well Co...
GOOD MECHANICAL INTEGRITY CONDUCTOR PIPE                                FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE SURFACE CASINGPRODUCTION ...
CEMENT CHANNELING CONDUCTOR PIPE                    PRESSURE                                     FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE ...
INSUFFICIENT CEMENT COVERAGE CONDUCTOR PIPE     PRESSURE                                      FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE    ...
Regulatory ConsiderationsSurface Considerations                               Air Emissions                               ...
Regulating Air Emissions     Emission Type           Reduction Technology                      Emission Levels     •   NOx...
Fulfilling the Promise of Natural Gas                                         Straight talk/open                          ...
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING    OPERATIONS:SEPARATING FACT FROM      FICTION  Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies             Frac...
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Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Presentation by Mark Boling, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Southwestern Energy for a hydrofracking forum hosted by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY on May 5, 2012.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: Separating Fact from Fiction

  1. 1. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS:SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Fracking Forum May 5, 2012 Mark K. Boling President
  2. 2. Regulatory Considerations Surface Considerations Subsurface Considerations1
  3. 3. Regulatory ConsiderationsSurface Considerations Air Emissions Surface Impact • Drilling Locations • Truck Traffic & Road Damage • Infrastructure Water Supply Water Handling Water Reuse & Disposal2
  4. 4. Regulatory ConsiderationsSubsurface Considerations Protecting Underground Water Resources Frac Fluid Disclosure3
  5. 5. Protecting Underground Water Resources Well Integrity Is the Key!4
  6. 6. Well Integrity 1 2 Evaluate Stratigraphic Confinement Well Construction Standards 3 Evaluate Mechanical Integrity of Well 4 Monitor Frac Job & Producing Well5
  7. 7. GOOD MECHANICAL INTEGRITY CONDUCTOR PIPE FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE SURFACE CASINGPRODUCTION CASING SHALLOW PRODUCING ZONE TARGET PRODUCING ZONE
  8. 8. CEMENT CHANNELING CONDUCTOR PIPE PRESSURE FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE BUILDS UP SURFACE CASINGPRODUCTION CASING FORMATION CASING CEMENT SHALLOW PRODUCING ZONE TARGET PRODUCING ZONE
  9. 9. INSUFFICIENT CEMENT COVERAGE CONDUCTOR PIPE PRESSURE FRESH WATER AQUIFER ZONE BUILDS UP SURFACE CASINGPRODUCTION CASING SHALLOW PRODUCING ZONE TARGET PRODUCING ZONE
  10. 10. Regulatory ConsiderationsSurface Considerations Air Emissions Surface Impact • Drilling Locations • Truck Traffic & Road Damage • Infrastructure Water Supply Water Handling Water Reuse & Disposal9
  11. 11. Regulating Air Emissions Emission Type Reduction Technology Emission Levels • NOx • Catalytic reduction • EPA • SO2 • Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel • Industry • CO • LNG and CNG fuels • State regulators • Oxidation catalysts • CH4 • Research groups • Green completions, vapor recovery • VOCs (incl. BTEX) units, low bleed/no bleed pneumatic devices, plunger lift systems, leak detection10
  12. 12. Fulfilling the Promise of Natural Gas Straight talk/open dialogue Debate the real issues Regulation without the politics Natural Gas Industry Natural Gas Industry Environmental Groups Natural Gas Industry Regulators/Legislators Environmental Groups Natural Gas Industry Regulators/Legislators11
  13. 13. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS:SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Fracking Forum May 5, 2012 Mark K. Boling President

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