2019 Tentative Agenda

*We reserve the right to modify and/or change the agenda

Monday, December 2, 2019

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pre-Conference Session - Fundamentals of the Clean Air Act for Oil and Gas

This half day course for the upstream and midstream oil & natural gas industry addresses commonly used equipment at oil & natural gas facilities and associated air quality regulations. The course provides practical overviews of NSPS OOOO and OOOOa, GHG rules, engine rules, and air quality rules often triggered by common upstream and midstream equipment and activities. This course is best geared towards those new to air quality regulations, new to the oil and gas industry, or both.

This course will cover (at a high level) the following:

  - NSPS OOOO, OOOOa and GHG Overview
  - Air Quality Permitting Basics
  - Air Quality Rules by Equipment and Activity Type
  - Source Aggregation for Oil and Gas Sources
  - Enforcement Overview

Presenter: Katie Jeziorski
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pre-Conference Session - Environmental Assessments Phase I

This course will provide an overview of the elements involved in conducting a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Topics will include: How to obtain records, site inspections, identify possible risk of contamination, historical photos, and more.

Presenter: Catrina Shafer
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibitor Check-In and Setup
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Conference Registration Check-In Open

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Conference Registration Check-In Open
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall - Exhibits Open
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM Opening Remarks and General Session Welcome

Teresea Madden, Vice President, Global Educational Outreach and Extended Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
Cassandra Smith, Conference Administrative Co-Chair, The University of Texas at Arlington
Milind Bhatte, Conference Industry Co-Chair, ConocoPhillips
8:10 AM - 9:30 AM Featured Speakers

Dominic Macklon, President, Lower 48, ConocoPhillips
Ken McQueen, Region 6 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Break - Exhibits Open
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Breakout Sessions
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & State Environmental Quality Panel

Chuck Carr Brown, Ph.D., Secretary, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Austin Caperton, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Becky Keogh, Secretary, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment
Emily Lindley, Commissioner, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Break - Exhibits Open
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Reception - Exhibits Area

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Conference Registration Check-in Open
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Hall - Exhibits Open
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Opening Remarks

Teresea Madden, Vice President, Global Educational Outreach and Extended Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Natural Resources and Environment Panel

Ryan Hoffman, Director, Kansas Corporation Commission
Virginia Hullinger, Technical Services Manager, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oil & Gas Conservation Division
Jeremy B. Mazur Director, Government Relations Railroad Commission of Texas
Adrienne Sandoval, Director, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break - Exhibits Open
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Breakout Sessions
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Moderated Panel: BPX and EDF Discussion on Methane Emissions Science and Technology

Brian Pugh, Chief Innovation Officer, BPX Energy
Ramon Alvarez, Ph.D., Associate Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM On the Go Lunch In Exhibit Area - Exhibits Open
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Ethics for Professional Engineers/Door Prizes and Conference Closing

Dr. Lance Kinney, Executive Director Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Post-Conference Session - OGI (Optical Gas Imaging) Camera Surveys for Leak Detection: Field Inspections and Regulatory Reporting

As one of the fastest growing regulatory and troubleshooting tools in today’s oil and gas operations, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) has become a “go to” tool for many producers. This session will provide an overview of the technology behind, capabilities of and limits associated with OGI. In addition, participants will hear from regulatory agency representatives focusing on the interaction between the agencies and producers specifically involving OGI submissions and studies. Example observations will be reviewed and discussed to identify what areas of interest agencies may focus on during such projects.

Presenters: Christopher Keffer, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Craig R. O’Neill, FLIR Systems, Inc
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Post-Conference Session - Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures in Oil and Gas

Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112 specifies requirements for non-transportation related facilities that are engaged in the storing, processing, transferring, distributing, using or consuming oil and oil products, which, due to its location, could reasonably be expected to discharge oil in quantities that may be harmful. The threshold for SPCC applicability is 1,320 gallons contained by oil-filled operational equipment, flow-through process vessels, mobile or portable containers, and bulk storage containers with a volume of 55-gallons or more. Facilities subject to 40 CFR Part 112 are required to develop and implement an SPCC Plan that describes engineering controls and operating procedures that will reduce the probability of a release of oil and provide response measures to control accidental releases, including regulatory notification requirements for spills above the reportable quantity threshold. Specific regulatory drivers affect the oil and gas exploration, production and transmission activities. Participants in this class will focus on the basic requirements of the SPCC rule with a strong emphasis on identification of regulated equipment found in the oil and gas industry, as well as compliance obligations relevant to that equipment. Join us to explore containment, inspections, and SPCC planning strategies

Presenter: Chris Perry, EPA
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Post-Conference Session - Environmental Assessments Phase II

This course will provide an overview of the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, including concepts of sampling plan development, field screening techniques, and documentation. It will also cover ways to identify the different types of sampling methods protocols for waste, water/groundwater and soil, as well as how to interpret laboratory data and discuss the Standard Guide for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process.

Presenter: Catrina Shafer