New Workshop – Learning from Shales: Applying New Technology to Old Plays

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May 19, 2016
WVU Alumni Center   Morgantown, WV
Sponsored by the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council & Environmentally Friendly Drilling
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Who Should Attend
This course should be of interest to petroleum geologists and petroleum engineers employed by industry, government and academia who live and/or work in the Appalachian basin. Students who are interested in attending should call for a special registration rate.

Course Content
With most of the recent attention focused on deeper shale plays, i.e., Marcellus and Utica, it has gone relatively unnoticed by many that a number of companies have been re-engineering technology that has made the shale plays economic and applying the modified technology to older, often shallower, oil and gas plays.  This has occurred to some extent in most of the Appalachian basin states, including:  Berea Sandstone in Kentucky; Berea, Clinton and Trenton in Ohio; Upper Devonian sandstones in Pennsylvania and New York; the Ft. Payne in Tennessee; and Mississippian sandstones in West Virginia.

Our lineup of speakers for this one-day workshop will provide participants with an overview of this type of activity in the various states, plus an assortment of case studies describing results in various formations in different states.  Collectively, they will present an overview of the future potential to release additional production from many of our older, more conventional reservoirs.


07:45   Continental Breakfast and Registration
08:30   Welcome – Doug Patchen, Director, Appalachian Basin PTTC
08:45   Ft. Payne Case Study in Tennessee – Gary Bible, Cougar Dome, LLC
09:15   Geologic and Economic Viability of Infill Drilling the Mississippian in Tennessee – David Buhl, Enrema

09:45   Coffee Break
10:00   Shallow Oil Exploration: Berea, Weir and Big Lime Horizontal Drilling in Kentucky and VirginiaAshley Douds, Randy Blood, Merril Stypula, and Katie Heckman, EQT
10:30   Geology of the Berea Sandstone in Northeastern Kentucky; Background and Trends –Steve Greb, Kentucky Geological Survey
11:00   Berea Sandstone: Review of a Project in Northeastern Kentucky – Junior Jenkins, Abarta
11:30   Horizontal Berea Oil Play in Eastern Kentucky – Steve Ferris, Nytis Exploration

12:00  Lunch (included with registration)

01:00   Summary of Horizontal Drilling, Mississippian Sandstones, West Virginia – Jessica Moore, West Virginia Geological Survey
01:30   Overview of Horizontal Berea Case Studies, Ohio – Mohammad Fakhari, Ohio Geological Survey
02:00   Upper Devonian Venango Sandstone Oil Potential – Eric Ober, EQT
02:30   Case Study of a Horizontal Well Drilled in the Upper Devonian Chipmunk Sandstone, Cattaraugus Co., NY – Bob Trevail, Dallas Morris, LLC

03:00   Coffee Break

03:15   Evaluation of Upper Devonian Production Mechanisms Through the use of a Multi-faceted Data Set – Scott McCallum and Ashley Douds, EQT
03:45   Shallow Oil Conventional and Horizontal Feasibility Study of Western Pennsylvania Using Modern technology and UHD (4K) Stratigraphy to Improve Oil Production and Plan Horizontal Oil Wells – Pat Imbrogno, GEO-COM LLC
04:15   Devonian and Mississippian Hydrocarbon Generation and Migration in Southern West Virginia, Appalachian Basin – Scott McCallum and Chris Willan, EQT
04:45   Learning to Drill the Clinton Sandstone Horizontally – Greg Mason, The Energy Cooperative
05:15   Evaluation forms and Certificates of PDHs
05:30   Adjourn

Location & Housing
The workshop will be held in the Erickson Alumni Center on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University.  Parking is available at the Alumni Center.  Nearby housing options include the Hampton Inn, Euro-Suites Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn and Residence Inn.

REGISTRATION: Online and Mail Options
The registration cost of $125 covers lunch, coffee breaks and all workshop expenses. Pre-registration online is required by May 13 at:

Payment by credit card or check is accepted.  To pay by check, select the small, blue “Show other payment options” link immediately below the “Order Now” button on the website.  Send checks to WVU NRCCE PTTC, attn.: Doug Patchen, PO Box 6064, Morgantown, WV 26506-6064.  Make checks payable to the WVU Research Corp. and include “PTTC workshop” on the memo line.  Checks must be received by May 13.  

On-site check in begins at 7:45 am.  The workshop will start at 8:30 am and will end by 5:30 pm.

PDH credits
PTTC will issue a certificate for seven (7) Professional Development Hours at the end of the workshop. To receive this certificate at the workshop, you must register in advance.

For further information contact:  Doug Patchen, at 304-293-6216, or

Directions to the erickson alumni center

From I-79 North or South

  • Take I-79 Exit 155 at Star City. At bottom of exit ramp, turn right if traveling north, left if traveling south.
  • Bear to the right at the traffic light at Sheetz on Route 7; cross over the Monongahela River and proceed up the hill to the WVU basketball Coliseum
  • Make a left onto Patteson Drive at the traffic light at the Coliseum and merge into the right lane (two lanes turn left,; choose the right lane)
  • At the third traffic light, turn right onto University Ave.
  • Turn left at the first traffic light onto Alumni Dr. (formerly Medical Center Dr.). Parking is available in the lot on the right.

From I-68 East

  • Take I-68 East to Exit 7 (Airport/Pierpont Road) and turn right (merge into middle lane)
  • Go straight through first traffic light
  • At the second traffic light, turn left onto 119 South and proceed up the hill
  • Go through the traffic light at the top of the hill (the airport will be on your left)
  • Stay right on the round-about onto 705
  • Go through six traffic lights
  • At the seventh light, turn left onto Van Voorhis Road
  • Go through two traffic lights and get in the left-hand lane. Turn left at the next traffic light onto University Ave.
  • Turn left at the first traffic light onto Alumni Dr. (formerly Medical Center Dr.). Parking is available in the lot on the right.