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Mining Natural Gas: Fracking and More (First in a 4-part series)
Pre-recorded Course

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for professionals in natural gas, environmental, energy, petroleum, petrochemical, governmental, and chemical processing areas. Although not limited to these, some typical job functions that would benefit from this course include:

  • Process Engineers
  • Fuel and Energy Specialists
  • Environmental/Energy Auditors
  • Local and Federal Officials Involved with Natural Gas
    Recovery and Processing
  • Water Quality Engineers and Municipal Officers
  • News Media (Print, TV, Radio, Internet) Covering Natural
    Gas Issues
  • Managers at Natural Gas Companies

For maximum training benefit, participants are encouraged to attend the entire series. However, each session may also be taken individually.
Maximize learning and minimize expense: Register for all 4 parts and save $200 OR take any one as a stand-alone course.

Natural gas is defined as methane and associated light hydrocarbons that have been recovered from natural gas fields or extracted during petroleum processing. Historically the gas was an unwanted byproduct since there was no ready market and it could not be transported as the oil could. This gas used to be flared, but is now usually reinjected into the well. In the United States interstate pipelines exist to take the gas to market. Consequently, natural gas has become a vital component of the energy mix. Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is the process of using a fluid to create cracks in sedimentary rock and a proppant (small solid) to hold open the crack, releasing trapped oil and gas. EHS concerns have developed over the process of fracking, with some of the biggest issues being the contamination of drinking water with natural and synthetic toxins as well as potential radioactive material.

In this 90-minute, accredited online course, the natural gas mining processes will be reviewed along with identification of the key issues on both sides of the debate over fracking. This training will include opportunities for learning assessment.

Review of Learning Objectives
Module 1: Background:

  • History of Natural Gas Production
  • Natural Gas – Modern Times
  • Worldwide Profile of Natural Gas Disposition
  • Technical Specifications

Module 2: Mining:
  • Importance of Natural Gas in the 21st Century
  • Natural Gas Sourcing
  • Mining Techniques and Terminology
  • What is Fracking?
  • What are Proppants?

Module 3: Fracking:
  • Fracking Materials Employed in Fracking
  • Identification of Major Issues in Fracking
  • Process Flow for Fracking
  • Current Research on Fracking Materials

Question and Answer Session

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