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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

17th International Petroleum and Biofuels Environmental Conference

 
The 17th International Petroleum and Biofuels Environmental Conference was held August 31st thru September 2, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. The Conference Chair was Kerry L. Sublette, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. Conference Co-Chair was John Veil, Manger, Water Policy Program, Argonne National Laboratory, Washington, DC.


The conference was organized by the Integrated Consortium for Energy and the Environment (ICEE – formerly IPEC) and the University of Tulsa Continuing Engineering and Science Education (CESE), in collaboration with the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Attendance at this year's conference was approximately 200.


This conference brings together professionals from industry, government and academia who seek solutions to environmental problems of a technical, legal and regulatory nature. Features of the 17th Conference included:

 
• Plenary presentations featuring leading experts exploring timely petroleum-related environmental problems. Speakers included John R. Duda, Director, Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy, Morgantown, WV; John Veil, Manager, Water Policy Program, Argonne National Laboratory, Washington, DC; Lucia de Toledo Camara Neder, PETROBRAS – Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ed Steele, Swift Technical Services, Environmental Advisor – North America Gas, Houston, TX
• 13 technical sessions where specific solutions to environmental problems were discussed through presentation of technical papers. Session titles were as follows:

1. In-Situ Chemical Oxidation & ISCO Stimulated Bioremediation
2. PTTC/DOE: Environmental Technologies for Water & Resource Management for Shale Gas & Coalbed Methane Plays
3. Environmental Management, Compliance & Auditing
4. Treatment and Beneficial Use of Produced Water
5. Remediation of Hydrocarbon Spills
6. Legal & Regulatory Issues in Exploration and Production
7. Site Reclamation & Restoration
8. Bioremediation of Groundwater and Soils
9. Water Management Issues in Exploration & Production
10. Produced Water Treatment Technologies
11. Issues in Production & Use of Biofuels
12. Remediation of Brine-Impacted Soils
13. Groundwater Remediation


• A poster session, contributed to by both students and professionals.
• A large and well-attended exhibits section with 24 companies and organizations participating.

The following organizations Co-Sponsored the 15th conference and helped promote the event:


• ALLU Group
• Argonne National Laboratory
• Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission
• Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University
• Chevron
• ConocoPhillips
• DeepEarth Technologies, Inc.
• Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
• Kaiser-Francis Oil Company
• Microbial Insights, Inc.
• New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
• Oklahoma Corporation Commission
• Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB)
• Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)
• Primary Natural Resources
• Railroad Commission of Texas, O&G Division
• Samson Companies
• U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research & Development
• Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
• Wenco Energy Corp.


In addition, the following organizations were members of the Corporate Sponsors and Conference Advocates group this year:


• ALLU Group
• Chevron
• ConocoPhillips
• DeepEarth Technologies, Inc.
• Kaiser-Francis Oil Company
• Microbial Insights, Inc.
• Primary Natural Resources
• Samson Companies
• Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
• Wenco Energy Corp.


The organizers of the conference gratefully acknowledge the assistance and support of all the Co-Sponsors and Corporate Sponsors. Their efforts contribute greatly to the overall success of the event each year.
The agenda and proceedings of this and previous conferences is available on the consortium website at: http://ipec.utulsa.edu/conferences.htm


An 18th International Petroleum Environmental Conference is currently being considered for Fall 2011. Information concerning this event will be made available as soon as possible.



Contact:
Kerry L. Sublette
918-631-3085
kerry-sublette@utulsa.edu