Pennsylvania Water Science Center



STRAY GAS WORKSHOP

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION

Chuck Cravotta
(cravotta@usgs.gov)

 

Workshop Format and Sessions

(Program with Abstracts - PDF)

The workshop will be at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. Sessions will span two full days (November 4-5) and the morning of a third day (November 6) with invited speakers as presenters each day. In addition to platform presentations, there will be poster presentations on Day 1 as part of an evening reception. Day 3 will be a half day of platform presentations and group discussions. Light refreshments will be provided at breaks. A lunch for attendees is planned on Day 2. Lunches on Days 1 and 3 are 'on-your-own.' Sessions will be organized as follows:

Tuesday November 3, 2009

7-9 p.m. Evening "early-bird" sign-in/pick-up registration packets

Wednesday November 4, 2009

7:45-8:45 a.m. Sign-in/pick-up registration packets

9:00-10:45 a.m. Plenary Session

11:00-12:15 Session 1-- Fugitive and Stray Gases: Investigation Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies

12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch "on-your-own"

1:30-5:00 p.m. Session 1-- Investigation Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies--continued

5:00-7:00 p.m. Evening Reception: "Meet the Speakers" & Poster Session

Thursday November 5, 2009

7:30-8:30 a.m. Arrivals and Sign-in

8:30-11:50 a.m. Session 2-- Fugitive and Stray Gases: Investigation Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch with "Science for Dessert" Speaker

1:40-5:00 p.m. Session 2-- Investigation Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies--continued

Friday November 6, 2009

8:00-11:00 a.m. Session 3-- Mitigation and Safety Topics

11:00-11:30 a.m. Workshop Wrap-Up and Adjourn

Workshop Presentations and Speakers

Plenary Session

Keynote Presentation: "From floating golf greens to burning cities, some reflections on the past, present, and future of stray gas identification."
D.D. Coleman, Isotech Laboratories, Inc.

Sessions on Fugitive and Stray Gases—Investigation Strategies, Tools, and Case Studies

"Stray gas migration – Elements of an investigation and case studies" F.J. Baldassare, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"Gas cloud kills thousands at Lake Nyos, Africa: Identifying the culprit and saving lives in the future" M. L.W. Tuttle U.S. Geological Survey

"Stray gas impacts from gas well operations: pressure, migration, mixing, attenuation, dilution and other factors affecting forensic sampling, analysis, and interpretation" A.W. Gorody, Universal Geoscience Consultants

"Magmatic carbon dioxide emissions—environmental effects and hazards at Mammoth Mountain, California" C.D. Farrar, U.S. Geological Survey

"Covariation of carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions of hydrocarbon gases: Distinguishing gases from biogenic, thermogenic, and inorganic CO2-reduction ("abiotic") sources" R.C. Burruss, U.S. Geological Survey; C.D. Laughrey, Pennsylvania Geological Survey

"Methods for locating abandoned wells in populated areas" G.A. Veloski and R.W. Hammack U.S. Department of Energy-NETL

"Detection of subsurface methane through geophysical methods" P.J. Hutchinson, and M.H. Beird, The Hutchinson Group, Ltd.

"Carbon and hydrogen isotopic evidence for the origin of combustible gases in water-supply wells in north-central Pennsylvania" K.M. Revesz and K.J. Breen, U.S. Geological Survey, and F.J. Baldassare, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"Noble gases in the natural gas of Western New York State: implications for hydrocarbon migration in the Northern Appalachian Basin" A.G. Hunt, U.S. Geological Survey and R.J. Poreda, University of Rochester

"Effect of fugitive migration of methane on quality of shallow groundwater" M.L. Jagucki and R.A. Sheets, U.S. Geological Survey

"Isotopic geochemistry for determining sources of stray carbon dioxide gas" C.D. Laughrey, Pennsylvania Geological Survey and F.J. Baldassare, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"Geostatistical modeling of CO2 flux spatial variation" K. Auwah-Offei, Missouri University of Science & Technology and F.J. Baldassare, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"Dangerous atmosphere created by strip mine spoil" W.C. Ehler, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

"The occurrence and mitigation of carbon dioxide in residential structures" B.A. Robinson, U.S. Geological Survey

Session on Mitigation and Safety

"Carbon monoxide poisoning at a surface coal mine – a case study" K.K. Eltschlager, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, W. Shuss, and T.E. Kovalchuk, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

"Pipeline integrity - PUC's investigative and regulatory requirements for assessing natural gas migration" R. Graeser, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

"Well integrityVertical and horizontal cement evaluation" T. Sutton, Schlumberger Oilfield Services

"Combating air and gas issues in water well construction and water well operations" K. McCray, National Ground Water Association

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