Hydraulic Fracturing & Well Integrity 101

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Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation process that is becoming increasingly common. Although the idea is simple to understand, the terminology and processes are more complex. An understanding of the fracturing process can help companies increase production from wells while avoiding liability resulting from environmental damage. When problems do arise, understanding what causes the problems is critical to developing cement repair plans, or other remediation plans. An understanding of the issues around water use and re-use will help to manage the expense associated with water management.

This course is designed to give a broad overview of how fracturing works, the terminology used, and the processes that are incorporated into hydraulic fracturing. The instructor will discuss in-depth the various processes, requirements, and issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing. She will identify the steps involved in hydraulic fracturing, types of frac fluids, and types of proppants. She will address drilling and cementing as it relates to hydraulic fracturing. Attendees will learn about cementing repairs as well as water processing for reuse or discharge back into the environment. The group will learn about research regarding the wells around Pavillion, WY. Attendees will learn how to decipher frac reports. Attendees will also learn about the importance of well integrity during the hydraulic fracturing process. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of current and pending regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing.

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