University of Colorado at Boulder
BMP of Oil and Gas Development

Best Management Practices – What? How? and Why?

May 26, 2011 • Boulder, Colorado

Presentations :: Sponsors :: Registration List :: Speaker Bios

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center, works to identify, develop and transfer critical, cost effective, new technologies that can provide policy makers and industry with the ability to develop natural gas reserves in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.  Funding for the EFD Program is through a grant from the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, established under the 2005 Energy Act. Within the EFD Program, some projects focus on technologies for developing energy sources in environmentally sensitive areas; others (like the NRLC’s BMP Project) seek ways to reduce the environmental footprint in all types of environments. The EFD Program currently provides the majority of funding for the Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP project.
The EFD Program holds quarterly workshops to share ideas among the program partners, sponsors, and with the broader community.  The NRLC hosted the EFD's quarterly meeting in a workshop on May 26, 2011 at the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado campus.

With presentations from EFD project researchers and perspectives invited from all participants, the May, 2011 EFD workshop explored the value of different methods for incorporating BMPs into a development as well as the benefits and cost of implementing BMPs. See the NRLC's Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project for more information on BMPs and how they can be implemented in oil and gas development.

2011 Workshop


Introduction to Large-scale Planning and the Intermountain BMP project Kathryn Mutz
Natural Resources Law Center
University of Colorado Law School
Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems
Rich Haut
Houston Advanced Research Center
Wildlife Mitigation Plan (WMP),
Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP),
Geographic Area Plan (GAP)
Ginny Brannon
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Master Development Plans (MDPs): Oil and Gas Projects

Master Development Plans (MDPs) / Geographic Area Plans (GAPS): Comprehensive Planning Tools for Oil and Gas Projects (Allen Crockett, BLM - unable to attend)
Mary Bloomstran
Edge Environmental
Collaborative Planning and Lessons Learned Matt Sura
University of Colorado Law School
Discussion only; no visual presentation Tisha Schuller
Colorado Oil and Gas Association
Environmentally Friendly Drilling Project: Public Perception Study
(Powerpoint presentation coming soon)
Brian Gentry
Ph.D. student
Environmental and Community Sociology,
Utah State University
The Costs & Benefits of Best Management Practices: Insights from the Marcellus Shale Tim Considine
School of Energy Resources,
University of Wyoming
BMPs for reclamation: Do we know what is effective?  Peter Stahl
Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center
The Economic Benefits of Completing Initial Reclamation Successfully for Oil and Gas Joe Schneider and Colby Reid
Western States Reclamation
Arctic Ecosystem Services Measurement and Modeling Project Eric Biltonen
Houston Advanced Research Center
Ecosystems Services Project
Urban Challenges in the Rural West Gas Patch (Powerpoint presentation coming soon) Kate Fay
Energy and Climate
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
Discussion only; no visual presentation Jeremy Nichols
WildEarth Guardians

* Presentations will be added as they are obtained. All presentations in Adobe Acrobat, unless otherwise noted.


HARC Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program
RPSEA: Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America
University of Colorado Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project

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