Wastes from Oil & Gas Fields in Shale Formations


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The development of shale gas and oil resources is producing major shifts in the U.S. and global energy picture. Within the Appalachian Basin, the Marcellus shale has an estimated 84 trillion cubic feet of available gas reserves the underlying Utica is thought to hold 38 trillion cubic feet of gas and 940 million barrels of oil. As development continues, the associated drilling and operation waste streams, recyclables, and material reuses are being defined. Mr. Ballod will discuss the development of the Appalachian Basin shale gas, with a focus on the waste and recycling materials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The course will offer a professional engineer’s perspective on shale gas waste management and provide updates on current waste management practices and leading issues, including the use of underground injection as a method of wastewater disposal.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of Shale Formation Gas and Oil as an energy source
  • Discuss the various waste, Recyclables and Material reuses developed from the extensive drilling and production operations
  • Create a concise Waste Management Program
  • Define the latest disposal developments including Underground Injection Control (UIC)

Course Length

48 minutes

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Presenter Biography

CHARLES P. BALLOD, P.E. is a veteran solid waste registered professional engineer with Golder Associates, Inc. working as a Practice Leader with Golder’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Operation, Waste Services Group in their Conshohocken, PA office. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and has over 37 years of professional experience and has many accomplishments in the field of Civil Engineering. Currently, he has provided a focus on the waste concerns of the unconventional shale gas industry which is now providing natural gas and oil from deep hydrocarbon bearing shale rock formations. Unconventional gas is a new energy source for the United States and the world. It has been made possible in part by the inception of deep earth directional drilling and a process known as hydro-fracing. The industry has presented a new energy boom, especially to the Mid-Atlantic or Appalachian states with the Marcellus and Utica Gas plays, both of which are centered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. P.E. License numbers 24GE02836900 (New Jersey), 8150 (Delaware), 17510 (Maryland), 059688 (New York), 010796 (West Virginia), 47446 (Ohio), PE030406E (Pennsylvania), 08473 (New Hampshire).


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