Course Description

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

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Course ID 2465

In-Person 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

Course Description
This is a 2-part series. For maximum training benefit, participants are encouraged to attend Mining Natural Gas: Fracking and More (Second in a two-part series), Course ID# 2468. However, each session may also be taken individually.

Maximize learning and minimize expense: Register for both parts and save $100 OR take either 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

Course Director
Dr. Gennaro (Jerry) Maffia, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College

After twenty years as a process engineer and manager in the petrochemicals industry, mostly with Atlantic Richfield, Inc., Dr. Gennaro (Jerry) Maffia joined Widener University in the fall of 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He retired in 2010 and was made Professor Emeritus at Widener University. In the fall of 2010, Prof. Maffia joined Manhattan College as Professor of Chemical Engineering. Over the past 10 years, Prof. Maffia has been honored with a Lindback Award, a Zandi Award, and a Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award for excellence in teaching. Prof. Maffia has broad interests in petroleum, petrochemicals, environmental, energy and biotechnology industries and is an active consultant in these areas. He has offered short courses and training seminars/webinars on process engineering and related topics at sites around the world.

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