Society of Petroleum Engineers/Society of Exploration Geophysicists workshop to focus on Injection-induced Seismicity

The fourth in this workshop series

Tulsa, OK, 24 October 2017 РThe Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers are hosting a joint workshop on injection-induced seismicity November 6-8, 2017 at the Le M̩ridien Dallas by the Galleria located at 13402 Noel Road in Dallas. This workshop aims to provide the geological, seismological, and engineering framework to reservoir and completion engineers and geoscientists involved with designing or conducting injection operations. The workshop will frame the linkages between the geologic setting and the injection conditions that may increase risk of induced seismicity, and discuss approaches and tools for evaluating and minimizing seismic activity.

Induced seismicity from the injection of fluids into the earth is a growing concern for oilfield activities such as saltwater disposal and hydraulic fracturing. The increasing number of earthquakes occurring in the oil and gas producing regions of the United States and Canada appears to be related to the large volumes of injected fluids, but the direct relationship between injection and seismicity is unclear in most situations. Although cases of disposal well and hydraulic fracture-induced seismicity are infrequent relative to the total number of wells engaged in these operations, injection-induced seismicity needs to be understood and diagnosed, with appropriate risk assessment, management, and mitigation techniques applied where seismicity is of concern.

With the heightened public interest in this issue, it is important that geoscientists and engineers begin to look at operational parameters and integrate techniques and tools to evaluate reservoir and geomechanical conditions that may lead to increased seismicity. Regulatory bodies are increasingly using the latest research to proactively apply operational requirements to mitigate the seismic risk. Technical topics include geomechanics and fracture mechanics; reservoir engineering perspectives; ground motion and seismic hazard; integrated case studies of injection-induced seismicity from disposal, hydraulic fracturing and geothermal; regulatory and operational protocols; risk assessment, management, mitigation; stakeholder engagement, communication, and public education; and the intersection of evolving science, regulations, and existing tort systems.

The meeting is the fourth in this workshop series, with the previous workshops heralded as milestone forums that have provided unique opportunities for in-depth dialogue between researchers, industry subject matter experts, and regulators.

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