Texas Tech University

Fracturing Impacts and Technologies (FIT) Conference

Texas Tech University and the Air &Waste Management Association are organizing a conference focused on technological developments, air and water issues, federal and state regulations, public education and engagement, and other topics related to hydraulic fracturing.

The conference is scheduled for September 4-5, 2014 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. Abstracts are now being accepted for the conference. The deadline for submissions is May 5. Opportunities also exist to publish your work in a book developed from conference proceedings.

Possible program topics include:

  • Hydraulic fracturing technology advancements
  • Produced water and flowback water treatment and recycling issues
  • Issues important to landowners, such as their rights, the potential environmental impacts to their property, and the opportunities to invest
  • Air and water litigation

Keynote speaker at the conference is George E. King, distinguished engineering advisor of Apache Corporation. King is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma with 42 years of experience since joining Amoco Research Center in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in shale developments, environmental risk reduction in well construction and fracturing, sand control reliability and underbalanced perforating. He has written 67 technical papers and has served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Professional Engineer’s Engineer of the Year award for the Houston area.

Speakers for the plenary session and the panel discussion include representatives from: Department of Energy, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and The Railroad Commission of Texas, as well as representatives from industry, government, and academia.