2013 NGWA Summit The National and International Conference on Groundwater

Site Characterization and Management of Environmental Risks at Upstream Oil and Gas Fields

Wednesday, May 1, 2013: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Regency West 4 (Hyatt Regency San Antonio)
Upstream oil and gas fields pose unique challenges to scientists and engineers tasked with characterizing and managing environmental risks. These challenges may include complex hydrogeologic settings, unknown or often incomplete knowledge regarding chemical releases, and complex mixtures of chemicals such as petroleum hydrocarbons, salts, and naturally occurring radioactive materials. Furthermore, upstream oil and gas fields offer unique health, safety, and logistical challenges due to their large size and remoteness, which can pose significant site access challenges. Lastly, environmental regulation of upstream oil and gas fields in the U.S. has been left largely to the states, resulting in different environmental policies in different states. However, these challenges also provide opportunities for creative problem solving and innovation.
David S. Lipson, Ph.D., PG
ARCADIS U.S. Inc., Lakewood, CO

Michael J. Gefell, PG, CPG
ARCADIS U.S. Inc., Lakewood, CO

8:00 a.m.
Low-Temperature Geothermal Waste Heat Utilization from In-Situ Bitumen Recovery Operations

Rob Schincariol, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.Geo., University of Western Ontario
Nevenka Nakevska, M.Sc., Alberta Geological Survey
8:20 a.m.
Remediation of Oil Contaminated Sediment in Systems Characteristic of Nigeria's Niger Delta: North American Experience

Innocent Kelechi Anosike, BEng, MEng, LLM, UNESCO IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Sciences
Ezenna Mgbajah, University of Plymouth
Karachi Ogechi NWACHUKWU, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE)
9:20 a.m.
Rational Optimization Approach for Delineating and Monitoring Groundwater Plumes at Upstream Oil and Gas Sites

Nicholas G. Butel, ARCADIS U.S. Inc.
David S. Lipson, Ph.D., PG, ARCADIS U.S. Inc.
Wayne E. Patterson, PG, ARCADIS U.S. Inc.
9:40 a.m.
Evaluating Hypersaline Surface Water Conditions in a South Texas Production Field

Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., PG, NewFields
Eugina L. Magana, NewFields