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Fort Worth, Texas

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US-EU Hydraulic Fracturing-Bakken Safety Tour 2016

Outcome of the 2015 US/EU Conference Fort Worth, Texas


During the closing plenary session, the US and EU experts of the Energy Workgroup recommended the following recommendations:

  • Those present shall use existing sites including Step-Change in Safety and the National Steps Network website to post information and exchange best practice in other jurisdictions on oil and gas and renewables.
  • A paper will be prepared by the EU delegation to develop a paper on the EU experience of safety cases to be shared with the US delegation and also the international regulators (IRF). They will also host a visit.
  • The US delegation will produce a paper on the safety issues arising from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for the EU delegation and would also host a visit to North Dakota.
  • A number of people undertook to participate in a teleconference quarterly (US to coordinate) to ensure these actions are implemented and build on the momentum.

As a result of discussions, and relating recommendations, developed by US and EU experts in the framework of the Energy Workgroup during the 8th US/EU Joint Conference on OSH (See the final presentation) the US delegation hosted a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) site visit to North Dakota for the EU delegation from August 30- September 2, 2016. The venue was held in Williston, North Dakota.

Conference Tour on Live FracSite

Presentations

  1. Erik Milito - Hydraulic Fracturing and Onshore Oil and Natural Gas Development-Industry Standards for Safe and Responsible Development (ppsx)
  2. James Ward, DaleHopwood - Waste Water Disposal and Abandonment Philosophy (pdf)
  3. Tony Almond - Environmental Regulation and Planning Conditions for Onshore Oil and Gaswell sites in the UK (ppsx)
  4. Mark Quint - Role of the Oil & Gas Authority in Licensing, Consents and the Regulation of Induced Seismicity (ppsx)
  5. Lynn Helms - ND Regulations, Planning and Permissions (ppsx)
    Lynn Helms Presentation Video Drilling Voyager Oil Gas
  6. Paul Bradley, Craig Norman - Health and Safety Regulatory Regime in the UK (ppsx)
  7. Kyla Retzer - Epidemiology Perspective (ppsx)
  8. John Snawder - NIOSH Field Studies, ExposureAssessment, SilicaControls and Gauging and Thiefing (ppsx)
  9. EricBrooks - Incidents and Lessons Learned (ppsx)
  10. Monte Besler - Engineered Safety and Environmental Aspects of Well Construction and Fracturing Design (ppsx)
  11. Ron Gusek - Vorteq Manifold Trailer and The Quiet Fleet (ppsx)
  12. Paul Able - Environmental Responsibility and Lean Innovations (ppsx)
  13. Joan Smith - Training in Support of Career Paths in Upstream Onshore Oil and Gas E & P (ppsx)
  14. Rick Ingram - OSHA-NIOSH-National (STEPS) Network Alliance (ppsx)

Video

Additional Links

MonDaks Safety Network Website- US/EU OSH Bakken Safety Tour (interactive conference program)

Site Visit Photos

Conference Tour on Live Frac Site

Conference Tour on Live Frac Site photo 1

Conference Tour on Live Frac Site

Conference Tour on Live Frac Site photo 2

Craig Norman, Health and Safety Executive

Craig Norman, Health and Safety Executive

Eric Brooks, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Eric Brooks, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Eric Genet, MonDaks Safety (STEPS) Network

Eric Genet, MonDaks Safety (STEPS) Network

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations photo 1

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations photo 2

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations

Group discussions during Technological Advancements demonstrations photo 3

Group Photo

Group Photo 1

Group Photo

Group Photo 2

Joan Smith, Red Rocks Community College - Rocky Mountain Education Center

Joan Smith, Red Rocks Community College - Rocky Mountain Education Center

John Snawder, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

John Snawder, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Kyla Retzer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Kyla Retzer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Lynn Helm, North Dakota Industrial Commission

Lynn Helm, North Dakota Industrial Commission

Mark Quint, Oil and Gas Authority

Mark Quint, Oil and Gas Authority

Monte Besler, Hydraulic Fracturing Consultant

Monte Besler, Hydraulic Fracturing Consultant

Paul Able, Rock Pile Energy Services

Paul Able, Rock Pile Energy Services

Paul Bradley, Health and Safety Executive

Paul Bradley, Health and Safety Executive

Rick Ingram, National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network

Rick Ingram, National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network

Rick Ingram, National STEPS Network, in discussion during introductions

Rick Ingram, National STEPS Network, in discussion during introductions

Ron Gusek, Liberty Oilfield Services

Ron Gusek, Liberty Oilfield Services

Tony Almond, Health and Safety Executive

Tony Almond, Health and Safety Executive


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