What is the fuss about drilling a Barnett Shale well? A Barnett well site with a drilling rig operating for three months has the same impact as a city of 4,000 people,- Water use, solid waste generation, air emissions and traffic. The O&G industry has been slow to realize this—that it has too big an impact on the environment. However, if we can reduce our environmental ‘footprint,’ we can realize better returns on our investments and cause less fuss in the community. That is a win-win for everyone.
~David Burnett, Director, Global Petroleum Research Institute
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Texas A&M University have formed an alliance to promote “low-impact oil and gas drilling.”
The technologies include:
- Light-weight rigs with reduced emission engines
- Efficient on-site waste management systems.