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WEBINAR: Risk-Based and Biotechnology Alternatives to Address Natural Gas Emissions from Leaking Oil and Gas Wells and Other Methane Sources

July 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Join us for a webinar from our experts regarding biotechnology alternatives to natural gas emissions on July 13th at 12:30PM EDT.


Oil, brine, and methane (a potent greenhouse gas), can leak from the estimated 3 to 4 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the U.S. and Canada, including an estimated 900,000 orphan wells in the U.S. As a result of this, efficient well prioritization and remediation including risk-based alternatives and new sustainable technologies are needed to address methane emissions along with impacts to soil and groundwater.


Over 1,800 well sites in the U.S. and Canada have been prioritized, plugged, and/or remediated by Parsons to date. Work has included a six-year, multi-well program to evaluate methane transport and emissions to support a risk-based methane management approach. In addition, media have been developed that stimulate and sustain methane biodegradation to passively address methane emissions.

Results/Lessons Learned

There is no “one size fits all” approach to orphan well management given the multitude of conditions encountered with wells installed dating to the mid-19th century. As a result, a robust prioritization approach and technical understanding of the various challenges is critical to addressing wells in a timely and cost-effective manner. In addition to plugging, risk-based management and natural methane biodegradation can be viable approaches for wells leaking methane. Significant rates of methane biodegradation have been observed in laboratory experiments and under natural conditions at well sites, that can be scaled up and implemented in the form of methane biofilters, providing a potential alternative to address wells leaking methane, lower priority wells, and as an interim solution for certain wells. We look forward to having you join us for our discussion regarding biotechnology alternatives to natural gas emissions from oil and gas well as and other methane surfaces.


Glenn Ulrich, PhD – Dr. Ulrich is a technical director with Parsons specializing in developing and applying sustainable biotechnologies. Glenn is currently developing patent pending technologies to address methane emissions from leaking wells, landfills, and other sources. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Mississippi State University, and a Doctorate/PhD in Microbial Ecology from the University of Oklahoma.

Ron Krawczyk – Ron Krawczyk has 16 years of oil and gas experience with Parsons. This includes plugging and abandonment operations of early-era wells, risk analysis, bioremediation, hydrogeological investigations, remediation systems, permitting, and contractor/safety management. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University.

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Or call in (audio only) +1.951.465.7634
Phone Conference ID: 780 531 935#

Please visit the Parsons YouTube channel where video recordings of our previous technical webinars are available for viewing.


July 13
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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