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Powered by AAPG Technology—The Engine That Drives Oil And Gas Production P e t r o l e u m T e c h n o l o g y T r a n s f e r C o u n c i l PTTC Has New Governance Model
On May 16, 2011, PTTC and AAPG ended their formal relationship after a three year trial AAPG’s Execu- tive Committee and PTTC’s Board of Directors agreed to the amicable separation after several months of discussions in order that each could serve its clients better PTTC has re- verted to its former bylaws for gov- ernance and has reconstituted its Board AAPG is no longer the sole member
PTTC and AAPG became much closer in the last three years and continue to work together on proj- ects of mutual interest PTTC ex- presses its sincere appreciation for the assistance and guidance AAPG has provided for the duration of our formal ties and looks forward to con- tinuing informally our cooperation on common interests
Bill Lawson, Executive Director
W W W . P T T C . O R G An Oil & Gas Environmental Focus
The oil and gas in- dustry has been active in the improvement of environmental protection for sev- eral decades and new technologies are con- stantly being sought. Department of Energy funds studies that cre- ate guidelines for wa- ter management and conducts research and field demonstrations of environmentally friendly technologies that improve emission controls and in- crease environmental compliance. Several oil industry accidents ranging from oil spills such as last year’s Macondo incident to pipeline explosions onshore have focused the Federal Administration and Congress’s interest on safety and environmental prac- tices.
Fountain Quail Mechanical Vapor Recompression System. Photo courtesy of Tom Hayes, GTI. See article pages 5 and 6.
Alternative energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal and hydro-technologies, are becoming more popular with the public and more affordable thanks to federal and state incentive programs.
In This Issue Environmental Corner
Alternative Energy Tech Transfer Track DOE Digest The Regions
Upcoming Events/PTTC Roundup Vol. 17, No. 2 June 2011
The oil and gas industry has found that being proactive in the development of technologies and strategies from water treatment technologies to multi-pad drilling and offshore containment systems is cost- effective. Prevention of contaminated water, brine or oil into surface water, aquifers or soil is much cheaper than remediation. Developing strategies and implementing safety guidelines and training for offshore drilling, pipelines and oil field practices can save lives and prevent costly emergency responses to remediate environmental dam- age. Special programs aimed at environmen- tally sensitive areas are critical in arid, arctic and marine environments.
Because of the discovery and increased pro- duction from shale gas and oil plays across America, new water treatment technolo- gies use a variety of processes from reverse osmosis to desalination to innovative new absorbents. The emphasis on modular, mobile systems that can be easily assembled on-site and moved to other sites reduces space and infrastructure requirements, trans- portation of flowback and produced water and promotes recycling. The photo shows Fountain Quail’s mechanical vapor recom- pression (MVR) system for demineralizing brines discussed on pages 5 and 6.
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