Industry Article: New Technologies Reduce Environmental Footprint

Efficiency gains enable both good stewardship and a production boost in unconventionals

New Technologies Reduce Environmental Footprint
Publication: E&P
Publication Date: 08/01/2013

Advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have propelled the industry to longer lateral lengths and greater depths in unconventional reservoirs. Alongside the hydrocarbon bonanza these new technologies deliver, innovative services that ensure hydraulic fracturing operations are sustainable from an environmental standpoint are being prioritized as critical. The material and energy requirements that go along with developing unconventional carbonate, sandstone, and shale reservoirs have prompted companies to address the environmental impact of their operations. Heightened public concern and stringent restrictions and regulations also are impacting the ability to develop these resources globally, with scrutiny increasing as activity expands closer to heavily populated areas. In response, service companies have developed technologies and techniques that reduce environmental impact and leave a smaller footprint. These include: more efficient ways of managing resources; new cementing technologies to ensure wellbore integrity, transparency regarding chemicals being pumped; and cleaner alternatives to power operations and reduce emissions.

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