Hydraulic Fracturing Myths, Reality and
Environmental Stewardship through Better Chemistry
Daniel J. Daulton
Education is the secret to overcoming preconceived notions, prejudice and general lack of knowledge. Our industry must share its technical accomplishments, concern for environmental stewardship and process of continuous improvement. This demonstrates our commitment to responsible development and supply of energy needs to a global economy.
This presentation will address common concerns related to stimulation, focusing primarily on hydraulic fracturing fluid chemistries used in routine completion and stimulation operations of oil, gas wells.
Important questions and issues will be covered such as:
– Hydraulic Fracturing “out of sight, out-of mind”
– Are hydraulic fracturing chemicals dangerous and unregulated?
– Are hydraulic fracturing chemicals secret?
– Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure
– Chemical Evaluation from a global perspective
– Industry Adoption
The industry message is three parts: 1) responsible oil and gas development begins with proper well construction and zonal isolation, 2) our industry should continue chemical development with a focus on reducing environmental, human and physical hazards, 3) education and openness is an important part of our industries way forward and public acceptance.
Dan Daulton currently holds the position of Director of Environmental Conformity for the Pressure Pumping product line at Baker Hughes. His responsibilities include global support of environmental related issues impacted by regulatory governance, compliance, chemical disclosure and product enhancement. Prior to this position, Dan served as the U.S. Technical Marketing Manager for the BJ Services Company. He has served in multiple operations, technical engineering, sales, marketing, and research and development roles since joining The Western Company of North America in 1980. His experience also includes providing technical seminars domestically and internationally in Western Europe, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Indonesia as well as a three year international assignment in Aberdeen, Scotland supporting technical projects in Western Europe, the North Sea, North and West Africa.
In addition to being a 32-year member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dan has authored several SPE papers and served on numerous committees. He also serves as Chair (2011-2012) on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee. Born and raised in the midwestern United States, Dan graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences.