WUEG September 2015 Newsletter

whartonundergradenergy

September 2015

has been obtained from the Monongahela River in

Pennsylvania. Following completions, Vantage

recycles the majority of recovered brine water for

other operations.

The group also visited Vantage’s “Good” pad,

which was undergoing flow-­‐back operations. By

employing on-­‐site pressure and temperature

control, the machinery separates the flow-­‐back

contents, which generally include gas, oil, water,

and sand. On location, Vantage’s EH&S Director

fielded questions regarding land acquisition and

property rights. “Oil and gas rights are actually

very convoluted in Pennsylvania. Some

landowners own all of the mineral rights and can

lease those to oil and gas companies. Others sold

off some or all of those mineral rights at some

point in the past.” The latter is often the case with

game lands used for hunting or occupied by

animals. He went on to say, “In some cases,

owners left their property to relatives a long time

ago, so companies need to seek out approval for

the mineral rights lease from dozens of people.

This can really complicate things.”

The group’s final stop was the “Petraitus” pad,

which includes a series of completed wells

currently linked to a gas transportation pipeline.

One of the employees on location described the

gas gathering system that connects all of the

company’s wells. In order to prevent gas and

methane leaks in the well piping, Pennsylvania

requires that gas producers certify their steel

piping on an annual basis. In addition, all joints in

temporary piping must be outfitted with Kevlar

bands, which serve as a secondary restraint to

prevent leakage.

The trip concluded with a dinner during which

students had more opportunities to interact with

the oil and gas drilling and production staff. The

field trip was a great success, and students valued

the opportunity to see first-­‐hand the processes

associated with natural gas production, a growth

sector of Pennsylvania’s economy.

To build on the rig visit experience and as part of

our mission to promote exploration of the energy

industry through experiential learning, on Friday,

October 16th, WUEG will be conducting a site visit

to the Bruce A. Henry solar farm in Delaware. The

field trip will be open to all students interested in

attending. For more information, please visit

whartonenergygroup.com.

Bill Gates’ TerraPower: The Future of Nuclear

Energy?

Charlie Gallagher – Vice President, Academic Committee

Bill Gates doesn’t just pioneer computer operating

systems; his renewable energy company

TerraPower, founded in 2008, recently partnered

with China to build a ground-­‐breaking, next-­‐

generation nuclear reactor – one that is powered

by depleted uranium.

China’s National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC)

agreed on September 22nd to build the first

reactor in China’s Fujian province beginning in

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