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Peer Review Panel for the Coalbed Methane Study

On October 31, 2001, EPA met with the expert panel to receive comments on the Agency's draft study entitled, "Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs." EPA received extensive and valuable comments from the expert panel.

Peer Review Panelists

Morris Bell is an Engineer with the Colorado Oil and Conservation Commission. Mr. Bell earned an engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Bell has been closely involved with the coalbed methane development in the San Juan Basin and Raton Basin. He has investigated water well complaints and directed projects to test water wells. Mr. Bell worked for Amoco as a production engineer on drilling and completing tight gas wells. He also worked as a consultant, specializing in the completion and evaluation of coalbed methane wells.

Peter E. Clark is an Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, at the University of Alabama. Dr. Clark has a Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma State University. He specializes in complex fluid flows and hydraulic fracturing. Dr Clark has taught several courses in the Chemical Engineering, Mineral Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Civil Engineering Departments including fluid mechanics, petroleum rock and fluids, well completion, drilling, and natural gas engineering.

David Hill is a Manager in the Engineering Resources Division of the Gas Technology Institute. Mr. Hill has a B.S. from Marietta College in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA from Northwestern University. Mr. Hill’s area of expertise include unconventional reservoirs (coalbed methane, gas shales, tight sands), hydraulic fracturing, and reservoir evaluation in technical, managerial and marketing aspects of technology development, deployment and commercialization. He has authored and co-authored over 40 articles about oil-and-gas-related R&D and field based operations.

Buddy McDaniel is a Technical Advisor for Production Enhancement Technology for the Halliburton Company. Mr. McDaniel has a B.S from the University of Oklahoma in Chemical Engineering. He specializes in applications for highly deviated and horizontal wellbores and understanding of reservoir response to fracturing applications. He has conducted research relating to the laboratory measurement of fracture conductivity of proppants under simulated reservoir conditions, and was actively involved in the design and application of hydraulic fracturing treatments in soft chalks, deviated and horizontal wellbores, gas storage wells, geothermal wells, and conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Jon Olson is an Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Olson has a Ph.D from Stanford University in Applied Earth Science. Dr. Olson has worked in the areas of fracture mechanics and coal geology and has published several papers on these subjects. He was also employed by Mobil Exploration for several years as a research engineer in the areas of rock mechanics, structural geology, and well performance.

Ian Palmer is a Senior Petroleum Engineering Associate at BP Amoco. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has worked extensively in coalbed methane extraction, including fracture design and prediction, rock mechanisms of coal, and openhole cavity completions. Dr. Palmer has also developed hydraulic fracturing models.

Norm Warpinski is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Sandia Laboratories. Dr. Warpinski has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Mechanical Engineering. He is an authority on hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, poroelasticity, in situ stresses, and production mechanisms, with expertise ranging from theoretical modeling and laboratory testing to field and in situ mineback experiments. Dr. Warpinski is the project manager and lead scientist for a program to develop hydraulic fracture diagnostic technology for use in industry fracturing applications. Dr. Warpinski has published extensively on the subject of hydraulic fracturing.

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