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EnviroGroup Practitioners Present at International Petroleum Environmental Conference

Three senior practitioners from EnviroGroup, a Geosyntec Company, presented at the 19th International Petroleum Environmental Conference, held October 30 - November 1, 2012, in Denver.

Senior Consultant Jim Cowart, P.E., Project Engineer Randy Putnam, CHMM, and Associate Bence Close, P.E. — all engineers from EnviroGroup's Colorado office — presented "Produced Water Character and Beneficial Reuse in the Piceance Basin Colorado" at the conference on October 31. Scott Clark, an attorney with the Colorado firm of Burns, Figa, and Will, also contributed to the paper. Additionally, Mr. Putnam and Mr. Cowart presented a poster during the event, "Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater."

Their technical session discussed the evaluation of produced water from natural gas wells in Colorado's Piceance Basin. The water was to be characterized and evaluated for beneficial reuse in accordance with state regulations. Among the produced water components that were sampled and analyzed include: free product oil, condensate hydrocarbon liquid, and entrained sediments.

The characteristics of the oil, liquid, and sediment were then used to evaluate potential beneficial reuse and disposal options in Colorado, including: hydraulic fracturing; dust suppression; irrigation; agricultural applications; drinking water; surface water; evaporation; and solid waste disposal.

Attendees of the International Petroleum Environmental Conference, hosted by the University of Tulsa Continuing Engineering and Science Education Program, include engineers and scientists involved in developing and implementing new technology to address and resolve environmental impacts related to petroleum exploration, production, and refining.