Environmentally Friendly Exploration and Production

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Texas A&M University and TerraPlatforms, L.L.C. along with industry sponsors and stakeholders (NGO's, government agencies, others) operate a program integrating advanced technologies into systems that significantly reduce the impact of petroleum drilling and production in environmentally sensitive areas.vThe team focuses on technologies for developing unconventional energy sources that can be used in environmentally sensitive areas to maintain our standard of living and preserve our quality of life. The objective is to identify, develop and transfer critical, cost effective, new technologies that can provide policy makers and industry with the ability to develop US domestic reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

To link directly to the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) portal go to http://www.efdsystems.org

To link directly to the Texas A&M Department of Petroleum Engineering GPRI and Crisman Institute programs click on the "Texas A&M GPRI Projects" link in the Navigation bar or go to http://www.gpri.org

EFD featured as cover story in NETL's December 2009 E&P Focus Newsletter

This issue, as well as past issues, can also be accessed on the NETL website at:


EFD discussed in World Oil Magazine December 2009
Jim Redden discusses the EFD program in his column.  A copy of the article is linked below.
Become a Sponsor!
The Program would not exist without sponsors that are dedicated to reducing the environmental footprint associated with oil and gas activities. Current sponsors are listed on our Sponsors page.
In addition, there have been various stakeholders involved, see our Stakeholders page. These stakeholders have been instrumental in providing guidance to the program. Their active participation have greatly enhanced our work effort.
EFD Program Receives Environmental Partnership Award!
The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program has been selected by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s Stewardship Award Subcommittee as the winner in the Environmental Partnership category. The award was presented at the Commission’s annual meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 5, see:
Project Highlight: Best Practices Web site
This is the web site that the Univesity of Colorado school of law is developing with funding from the EFD Program.  It is a free-access website of best management practices (BMPs) for oil and gas development in the Intermountain West. The focus of this website is a searchable database addressing surface resources affected by oil and gas development. The database includes both mandatory and voluntary practices currently in use and/or recommended for responsible resource management in the states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
The EFD Alliance Program creates a partnership between National Laboratories and key University partners to develop and disseminate critical new technology to accelerate development of domestic reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Historically the national labs have provided beneficial technologies to increase oil and gas production, but have not focused in the past few years on basic research aimed at providing clean fossil energy to the public in cost effective environmentally acceptable manner. Universities have provided education, service, and research but primarily in regional areas and in most instances, specialized areas. Currently, Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory are active members with Oak Ridge National Laboratory becoming a member this year.
New Project!
Pilot Testing: Pretreatment Options to Allow Re-Use of Frac Flowback and Produced Brine for Gas Shale Resource Development
Texas A&M's Desalination team has been awarded a new contract by the DOE  to identify reliable cost-effective pre-treatment methodology for use in processes employed to treat and re-use oil field produced brine and fracture flowback waters. Our specific objectives are (1) to develop a mobile, multifunctional field water treatment specifically for “pretreatment” of oil field waste brine, (2) conduct field demonstrations of specific technology, and (3) createa communication and outreach network to provide reliable information to regulatory agencies and to thepublic on industry efforts to develop unconventional resources. http://www.gpri.org/
Upcoming Meetings/Events:
Ground Water Protection Meeting Council
January 25-27, 2010
Will be covering gas shales and underground injection regulations
John Veil will be on the program
Agenda can be found Here
EFD Exhibiting at the IADC HSE Conference and Exhibition
January 26-27, 2010
Omni Houston Hotel Westside
Next EFD Quarterly Meeting
February 23, 2010
HARC, The Woodlands, TX
Can also participate via web and teleconference
Call for Presentations!!
University of Wyoming's Energy Resources and Produced Waters Conference
May 25-26, 2010
This will be of interest to those who work with produced water as well as all water+energy issues.  In particular, there should be a session on Carbon Sequestration processes.
Please click Here for more information or email Jeri Sullivan (ejs@lanl.gov) for more information. 
Recent Reports and Presentations
Produced Brine and Frac Flowback Water Management presented at SPE Tight Gas Completions Conference June 16-17, 2009 San Antonio, TX

 Drilling Contractor, March/April 2009DC_Mar09_EnvironmentalScorecard.pdf
Key Happenings!!
New Briefing Book (2009-05-13 BRIEFING BOOK.pdf )
Poster for Energy Day (EFD_poster_HIGHRES.pdf)
EFD Wrap Up Meeting and the Vision Forward 
A PDF of the presentations is available (\\pe-file\home\cheryl.monk\Desktop\April 23 presentations.zip)
RPSEA selects the EFD Program as one of its Key Unconventional Gas Research Programs. 
For a review of Phase 1 see: A Video Review of the EFD Program - Dave Burnett   (Nov.2008)
There are four basic sources of information related to the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program:
1. Texas A&M University related projects may be found at: http://sites.google.com/a/pe.tamu.edu/environmentally-friendly-drilling/  A presentation reviewing the projects can be viewed at http://dlstore.pe.tamu.edu/Storage/Public/GPRI/.
2  HARC's related programs may be found at: http://www.harc.edu/
3. The Coastal Impact Technology Program that is listed in the sidebar
4. The Future Direction of the EFD Program that is the basis of our new Three Year Funded Program.
Rich Haut, rhaut@harc.edu, (281) 364-6093
David Burnett, burnett@pe.tamu.edu, (979) 845-2274
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