GROUNDWATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
o f C a l i f o r n i a
Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources
A California Perspective
July 24, 2012
Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
In Cooperation with:
California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)
Association of California Water Agencies
Water Research Foundation
Lunch Sponsor: MWH
Hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' is a process used in the oil and gas industry to fracture hydrocarbon-bearing rock directly adjacent to the oil or gas extraction well to enhance hydrocarbon recovery. In the US, hydraulic fracturing of shale formations for natural gas recovery in states such as Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and Wyoming has been widespread and is looked at in the energy industry as a significant, viable energy supply to improve our energy independence. The practice of fracking has gained international attention, as the news media has publicized concerns about the potential for drinking water contamination, gas migration, and other impacts. While fracking is being hotly debated in the media, what is clear is that further discourse on this important topic in California should be based on firm knowledge of the current science, engineering, and regulatory issues related to hydraulic fracturing in our state.
This Symposium will focus on providing current, objective information on the technical, regulatory, policy and legal aspects of hydraulic fracturing, intending to answer the following questions:
- What is the current status of hydraulic fracturing in California?
- What is known and what is not known about oil and gas industry practices and issues related to hydraulic fracturing in California, and how does this compare to other areas in the US?
- What are the cutting-edge strategies and technologies that are being implemented to monitor, manage, and control hydraulic fracturing?
- What are the potential risks for groundwater quality impacts from hydraulic fracturing, and are these risks significant? What, if any, are the primary risks to be concerned about that may require further study or monitoring, and if so, what studies or monitoring would be useful?
- Are the current oil and gas industry practices, California policies and regulatory requirements sufficient to protect groundwater from hydraulic fracturing?
- Overview of Hydraulic Fracturing
- Hydraulic Fracturing in California
- Potential Impacts to Groundwater Resources
- Lunch -- Assemblyman Robert Wieckowski, Author of AB 591 to Require Disclosure of Chemicals Used by Oil and Gas Producers Engaged in Hydraulic Fracturing
- Regulatory, Legal, and Environmental Issues
- Panel Discussion -- Panel members from the Regulatory, Environmental, Legal, Water Resources, and Petroleum Industry will provide their perspective and answers to questions from the moderator and the audience.
The Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel: (800) WESTIN1; or (562) 436-3000
The Westin Long Beach has set aside a block of sleeping rooms for GRA that is available on a first come, first serve basis at the GRA rate of $125.00 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy. The deadline for making hotel reservations at the GRA rate is July 19, 2012. Reservations made after July 19, 2012, will be accepted at the prevailing hotel rate, on a space available basis. Please make your reservation by calling the Hotel directly at (800) WESTIN1 or (562) 436-3000 and identifying yourself as an attendee of the Groundwater Resources Association Symposium.
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Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's services or products, or being an event sponsor, please contact Mary Megarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-446-3626.
Cascade Drilling L.P.
Environmental Engineering & Contracting, Inc.
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For more information about the Symposium, contact Murray Einarson (650-400-0248) email@example.com; Ted Johnson (562-275-4240) firstname.lastname@example.org; Tim Parker (916-596-9163) email@example.com); or Fred Stanin (510-596-8855); firstname.lastname@example.org).