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ONG MARKETWATCH monitoring control unit’s intrinsically safe circuits power from external sources like 230 / 110 V AC supplies, that would be needed for more expensive Ex(d)/Ex(e) certified indicator stations, are not required.

NEW INNOVATION LOWERS THE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP FOR CUSTOMERS THAT REQUIRE ACTIVE STATIC GROUNDING PROTECTION. The

Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II is a new innovation from Newson Gale that provides customers with a unique value proposition that makes the active static grounding of multiple items of equipment with interlock control more cost effective than other options available to the EX/HAZLOC industries. Newson Gale’s new Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II is an cCSAus / ATEX / IECEx certified static grounding system that enables customers actively monitor up to eight (8) discrete items of equipment at risk of discharging electrostatic sparks into flammable or combustible dust atmospheres. Whereas multiple items of equipment used in EX/HAZLOC operations require an individual grounding system to monitor each item of equipment, the Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II is a single system that actively monitors the grounding status of eight (8) items ranging from railcars to powder processing equipment. This new innovation from Newson Gale provides customers with a unique value proposition that reduces total purchase and installation costs for projects where multiple items of equipment require static grounding protection. The Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II consists of a monitoring control unit that features an array of red and green LED indicators that verify when the equipment in need of static grounding protection has a resistance to a verified true earth grounding point of 10 ohms* or less. In addition to the LED indicators located in the monitoring control unit, equipment operators can refer to independent remote indicator stations that can be mounted closer to the process hazard. Each indicator station provides operators with a visual “GO / NO GO” reference that informs them when the resistance in the static grounding circuit is low enough (less than 10 ohms) to proceed with the operation. As the remote indicator stations are powered by the

The Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II’s power supply houses eight (8) volt free contacts, each of which is controlled by the corresponding monitoring channel in the monitoring control unit. In addition to the grounding circuit relays, a group relay can be selected to control external equipment that requires a 0 to 10 ohm permissive condition from several monitored channels. A fault relay is also provided so that interlocked processes can be shut down in a fail-safe mode should the system’s self-monitoring function detect if the permissive resistance range of the grounding circuits rise above 10 ohms or if a fault is detected with the micro-controller’s software. The monitoring control unit and remote indicator stations are ATEX / IECEx certified for installation in Zone 0 / Zone 20 atmospheres and cCSAus approved for installation in Class I, Div. 1; Class II, Div. 1 and Class III atmospheres. The power supply is ATEX / IECEx certified for installation in Zone 2 / Zone 21 atmospheres and cCSAus approved for installation in Class I, Div. 2; Class II, Div. 1 and Class III atmospheres. (SIL 2 pending). *10 ohms represents the maximum resistance level that international guidelines like Cenelec CLC/ TR 60079-32-1 and NFPA 77 recommend for static grounding circuits. The Earth-Rite® MULTIPOINT II is now available for quotation from Newson Gale and our global network of distributors. For more information contact us at 732 961 7610 or e-mail: groundit@newson-gale. com.


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ASSOCIATION MEETINGS

ADDC Region I Meeting | May 12-15, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA - www.addc.org

TOGA Annual Meeting | May 15-17, 2016 Gatlinburg, TN - www.tennoil.com

WVONGA Spring Meeting | May 16, 2016 Roanoke, WV - www.wvonga.com

IOGANY Summer Meeting | July 13-14, 2016 Findley Lake, NY - www.iogany.org

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O&G: MIDSTREAM: Automated Pigging, Necessary for most Shale Plays........................... 6-7

ALBERTA RIG MATS............................................ 15 ALPINE ELECTRIC............................................... 15 CALU.................................................................... 15 CST INDUSTRIES................................................ 17 DOSS ENTERPRISES........................................... 17 ERNST SEED.......................................................... 9 HKRENTS.COM...................................................... 7 LEE REGER BUILDS............................................ 15 LEE SUPPLY......................................................... 13 LYDEN OIL COMPANY........................................... 5 MAJAAC................................................................ 19 MID-ATLANTIC STORAGE.................................. 15 NORTH AMERICAN FIELD SERVICES................ 14 OIL CENTER RESEARCH....................................... 4 OILFIELD CONNECT............................................ 20 PREMIER SAFETY & SERVICE INC.................... 19 SAFE ENERGY SERVICES................................... 14 SHALE MOUNTAIN RESOURCES......................... 1 SHALE MARKETS................................................ 15 STEELNATION STEEL BUILDINGS..................... 15 STRATA WORLDWIDE........................................ 15 TANK CONNECTION............................................ 10 WEAVERTOWN ENVIRONMENTAL.................... 14

HEALTH & SAFETY: Follow the Footprints to Stay Ahead of Slips and Falls....................................... 8-9 O&G MIDSTREAM: Subsurface Drainage: Engineered Solutions Save Time and Labor .... 12-13 NEW TECHNOLOGY: Wireless Senso Networks – Applications in Oil and Gas.............................. 16-17 O&G MIDSTREAM: IUOE/PLCA National Pipeline Training Program – Meeting the Demands of the Industry............................................................ 18-19 INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Shale Mountain Resources-Turn-key Solutions Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency......................................................... 22-23

CALENDARS ASSOCIATION MEETINGS.................................... 4 NETWORKING EVENTS...................................... 23 TRAINING & WORKSHOPS................................ 14 UPCOMING EVENTS........................................... 10

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O&G: MIDSTREAM

AUTOMATED PIGGING, NECESSARY FOR MOST SHALE PLAYS By: Roxy Mounter, Vice President of Sales at WeldFit Energy Group According to long term market studies, the importance of the shale gas market is not going to diminish in the future. In example, a 2011 report issued by ICF International on behalf of the INGAA Foundation, predicted in total, United States and Canada shale gas production will jump from 2010 levels of about 13 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) to 52 bcf/d by the year 2035. The report also anticipates more than 400,000 miles of new gathering pipe will be constructed in North America by 2035. There is every reason to expect that the scope and needs of the shale gas market will continue to grow. As the existing shale plays mature and new plays come on line, increasing production flow and manpower efficiency, while decreasing operating and maintenance costs will be critical keys to success. Pigging solutions such as the automated system described here can help operators meet the daily challenges encountered in the field. Shale Play Growth Projected Growth is not limited to North America; shale gas plays are also among the fastest growing production areas worldwide. As liquids-rich unconventional resource plays are continued to be developed, there are multiple challenges and implications for midstream system infrastructure, particularly around pigging and integrity. This is especially true for shale plays producing rich gas (also known as wet gas), which contains significant levels of liquefiable hydrocarbons (like ethane or propane) along with methane gas.

Liquids can accumulate at low elevation points along gathering systems where the high liquid concentrations in the gas streams cause significant issues with slugging, high differential pressures (liquids loading) and corrosion. In addition, crude oil containing high levels of paraffin and other flow reducing contaminants (frac sand, chlorides and spent chemicals) present flow restriction issues in these midstream pipeline systems. Many factors contribute to the overall performance and flow efficiency of pipeline systems that may include the elevation profile, flow volumes, product quality and temperature, which all pipelines must be evaluated on an individual basis. Shale production, for both natural gas and crude oil, is conducive to internal corrosion failures on gathering pipeline systems. If the pipeline is not pigged frequently the line will become susceptible to corrosive acids that eat away at the internal surface of the pipeline. According to Pipeline and Hazardous Materials

Safety Administration (PHMSA), “Approximately 299,000 miles of onshore gas transmission pipelines and 171,000 miles of onshore hazardous liquid pipelines move natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products throughout the U.S. every day.� Corrosion from lack of pigging elevates the probability of public risk from hazardous gases and liquids. This risk can affect the environment and surrounding populations; putting them at risk for injuries and fatalities from fires or explosions caused by ignition of the bi-product. Continuous pigging programs are the most economical and practical method of reducing the risk threat for the occurrence of internal corrosion failures, maintaining effective flow efficiencies and flow throughput. Routine Pigging Required on Shale Plays To prevent liquids from accumulating and to maintain continuous production levels, routine pigging is required. Routine pigging removes liquids from the line, offers control on the volume of liquids that are removed at any one time, and sustains well production at consistent capacity. Routine pigging also removes contaminants associated with wet gas, including paraffin, asphaltenes, iron oxides, water, hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide.

Pigging frequency should be determined based on the specific characteristics of a pipeline system, which pigging may be required as often as several times a week, or in some cases, three times a day. In most cases, pigging frequency should be based on flow efficiency over time, as opposed to many pigging programs that are based strictly on time. PHMSA states that 24% of transmission pipelines and 20% of gas transmission pipeline failures are caused by corrosion. Corrosion can be reduced with frequent pigging to manage the integrity of gathering pipeline systems. Increased throughput and revenue associated with efficiently operating the pipeline is measurable by the increase in percentage of flow increase. Automation Allows for Frequent Pigging An automated pigging system is typically used to address the following issues in a midstream system: wet gas lines, crude oil line, fracking contamination, unpredictable fluid production, internal corrosion, enhanced safety and environmental exposure. An automated pigging system is defined as a method


April/May 2016 or system for staging and launching single or multiple pigs in an automated or semi-automated pigging system. The high number of lines to be pigged and the need to pig these lines frequently may require the installation of multiple pig launchers. Automation of pigging systems offers compelling economics benefits when compared to traditional manual pigging systems. As a result, the precedents are still undefined; producers and gathering companies are still seeking scalable solutions to these issues. By drawing upon experience gained, WeldFit Energy Group developed a horizontal automated pigging system, which loads multiple pigs at one time and combines all four pigging functions: liquid removal, cleaning, batching and inspection. The SureLaunch™ Automated Pigging System releases any type of pig individually at pre-set intervals through use of a horizontally oriented screw jack launch system. The system also enables operators to launch a single cleaning pig, batching pig or inline inspection tool in a manual mode of operation, if desired. The shale play pipelines are not typically regulated like transmission pipelines, however the ability to continuously remove valuable liquids and maintain their integrity is equal to that of transmission pipelines. Traditional manual pigging systems are both time- and labor-intensive. A typical pigging system requires the opening and/or closing of three major valves; the draining and venting of a barrel and the opening and closing of a closure door. In some cases, it can take up to four hours for a single crew to load and launch a single pig, which does not include the time to receive and remove the pig. Beyond the time and labor constraints, there are also wear and safety considerations that must be made. Opening and closing valves several times a week can increase the risk of valve seat failure, increased maintenance and replacement costs. Frequent cycling of the launcher and receiver barrels can also create unnecessary safety risks that may include cyclic fatigue of the systems and additional exposure to hazardous gases that are produced in many of the shale plays.

Page 7 In Conclusion The automation of pigging systems has proven to be successful in the shale plays where the automated pigging systems can be monitored through operator SCADA and remote monitoring systems, in addition to operational data that may include line pressures and flow rates. The integration of multiple monitored data sets can assist with operator with maintaining optimum flow efficiencies by comparing the theoretical differential pressures compared to the actual differential pressures to establish the appropriate pigging frequencies from the performance based conditions of the pipeline system. For more information, please contact Roxy Mounter at (713) 460-3700 or rmounter@weldfit.com


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HEALTH & SAFETY

FOLLOW THE FOOTPRINTS TO STAY AHEAD OF SLIPS AND FALLS By: Donny Beaver, CEO, HalenHardy Slips and falls are usually in the top 2 or 3 incidents in the O&G industry, costing billions of dollars each year in injuries, insurance and administrative time. If slips and falls are not in your top 3 types of injuries, STOP READING right now. You already don’t have enough hours in the day. However, if slips and falls rank in the top three, you may want to continue. According to nearly all industry experts, lagging indicators (OSHA recordables, lost work days & workers’ comp MOD rates) are helpful to show compliance with safety policies. However, safety professionals are increasingly using leading indicators to help prevent injuries before they happen. When it comes to slip and fall accident prevention, leading indicators can be found by “following the footprints”. It’s sort of like CSI work. The first forensic work is to review your slip and fall incident reports for the past couple years to see if your company has any discernable patterns. You should build a small spreadsheet with the following data. - What are the places where slips occur? • On the well pad liner? • Working on top of equipment? • Climbing into and out of truck - What job functions are most likely to have slipping incidents? • Mechanics • Hands • Drivers - Are there any incidents that may not look like a slip and fall but slippery surfaces are the root cause? For example, one company found that truck drivers had a high rate arm strains and dislocated shoulders (no, it wasn’t from lifting too large a coffee travel mug). Actually the root cause was slippery grab bars and climbing steps on the cab during wet weather. - Are the slips seasonal? • More in winter than summer? - What time of day? - What were the weather conditions? Once you have a good idea where, when, how and to whom the slipping incidents are occurring, it’s time to pull your team together and review the data. It’s best if you can have a combination of team members that include: -HSE - Operations - Workers - It usually helps to have a pair of “outside eyes” to review the process with you. We have discovered that the team should be no larger than three or four internal members and one outsider. In addition, the attitudes and personalities of the team are very important. You want to assemble people who exhibit the following attributes: - Problem solvers - Safety conscious - Positive attitude - Willingness to participate

In addition, you will need to have a strong leader for the team who will ride-herd and make sure the team stays on task. With the current price pressures and time constraints in O&G, it may be hard to assemble a group to add “one more project” to their already overloaded schedule. However, we have discovered that the best time to deal with these kinds of issues is when the market is slow. Remember, if this is a “Top 3 Injury” incident problem for your company, it will be worthwhile to invest the time to “dog it through”. Once your team reviews the data you’ve assembled, it’s time to take a field tour and visit the actual places where the majority of incidents occur. It’s helpful to have a checklist of the top 3 to 5 places where incidents occur and visit them during the same time and conditions under which they occurred. For example, if the majority of incidents occur at night in rainy weather, then you should look at the problem under the same conditions. In other words, don’t look for icy well pad liners in July. In addition to looking directly at the places past slipping incidents have occurred, you should also look holistically at all the adjacent areas and conditions. - Greasy, oily walking and working surfaces. If it looks slippery, it IS slippery. • Steps • Ladders • Frame Rails • Platforms • Diamond plate - Look for footprints on top of grease or slime (many times you can actually see skid marks) - Grab bars in climbing areas (or lack thereof) - Look for “wear patterns” on surfaces. For example, you can almost always find worn areas on steps and bumpers where workers climb the same path all the time (especially if they have sand or dirt on their boot soles that grindaway the paint or even wear out metal over time. One very interesting wear pattern we observed was a worn out warning label on a diesel fuel tank on the driver’s side of a frac pumper. Before it wore out, he label used to read, “WARNING: Do not step on fuel tank”. - Ask the workers in these areas if the stuff that looks slick has ever been a problem in the past. If not, can they show you any areas where they think might be a problem. Although some workers may be reluctant to share, we’ve learned that about 50% of the workers will open up and share, IF they know you are doing this survey to help keep them safer.


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UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL

JULY

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Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Expo

Environmental Permitting in Ohio Conference

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Columbus, OH | www.mecseminars.com

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Future Flight UAS Conference

PIOGA Pig Roast, Equipment Show & Technical Conference

Canonsburg, PA | www.futureflightconference.com

Seven Springs, PA | www.pioga.org

MAY 12-15

AUGUST 1-3

ADDC Region I Meeting

SPE/AAPG/SEG URTeC

Pittsburgh, PA | www.addc.org

San Antonio, TX | www.spe.org

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Appalachian Gas Measurement Short Course

Pittsburgh, PA | www.addc.org

Moon Township, PA | www.agmsc.org

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7-10 NGA Gas Operations School Smithfield, RI | www.northeastgas.org

NAPE Summer Houston, TX | www.power-gennaturalgas.com

23-24 PIOGA Pig Roast, Equipment Show and Technical Conference Champion, PA | www.pioga.org

23-25 POWER-GEN Natural Gas Columbus, OH | www.power-gennaturalgas.com

8 Utica Midstream Canton, OH | www.shaledirectories.com

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DUG East

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Shale Insight 2016

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ONG MARKETWATCH JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CAREERS IN ENERGY Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania is the region’s oldest and largest youth development organization whose core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Over 150,000 students across Pennsylvania, 73,000 here in western PA, participated in JA’s hands-on programs last year teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. With the incredible opportunities presented by shale gas exploration and production in Pennsylvania, we need to better prepare our young people for the careers in this industry and educate them about the industry’s impacts both economically and environmentally. Through a partnership between the Marcellus Shale Coalition and Junior Achievement (JA) and with guidance from educational, governmental, environmental and industry stakeholders, we have created a supplemental educational program that will be delivered to middle and high school students throughout Pennsylvania. This curriculum explores the workforce, educational, economic and environmental impacts of the industry in Pennsylvania, how we can efficiently and responsibly take advantage of these resources and what our children need to do in order to be successful in this new economic boom. A unique aspect of this program, as with all Junior Achievement programs, is the nature in which the program will be delivered. Trained Junior Achievement volunteers from the industry and the community will enter classrooms across the state to instruct students utilizing materials and lesson plans provided by JA. Through the formation of an advisory committee, JA has worked with key government, community, educational and industry stakeholders

to select lesson content to create age-appropriate lessons that: • Introduce students to the types of energy we consume in this country and how that energy is produced • Explain what is shale gas and why it is important to Pennsylvania • Identify jobs and skills sets needed by the industry and associated partners • Identify the economic impact of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania • Explore and discuss the economic and environmental influence of natural gas exploration • Explore environmental effects, including: science, safety and business ethics • Explore the relationship between energy companies and associated industries • Recognize the relationship between education and future employment To ensure the balanced development of this curriculum, our ad-hoc advisory committee includes: • Marcellus Shale Coalition • ShaleTEC • ShaleNET • EQT • Burns White • Duquesne University • Pennsylvania Environmental Council • Department of Environmental Protection • Williams • Noble Energy • Range Resources • Leidos • And many more!


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SUBSURFACE DRAINAGE: ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SAVE TIME AND LABOR By: Michael Schreiber, PLA ASLA Introduction Engineered-drainage solutions provide significant benefits over traditional stoneand-pipe methods in solving subsurface-drainage problems. Drainage products containing expanded-polystyrene (EPS) aggregate instead of gravel require dramatically reduced labor for installation, are easier to transport to remote locations and saturated sites, and have quantifiably better flow performance. Background Drainage is critical to the long and functional life of any outdoor project subject to the flows of surface and subsurface water. Slope slips, road washouts and foundation damage are all negative impacts of absent or insufficient drainage. Pipeline slips on slopes in the oil and natural gas industry are of particular concern resulting in down time, costly repairs and potential environmental contamination. Also, the right-ofways available now for pipelines are often steeper, less accessible and have poor or disturbed soils all resulting in acute surface and subsurface drainage challenges. A functioning drainage solution must safely collect, convey and discharge surface and subsurface flows away from the area of concern. Proper surface grading is an important first step in this process that intentionally directs surface flows. Surface grading does have limitations as it will not necessarily relieve high groundwater which can lead to weeps and even slope slips in some conditions. Subsurface drainage systems are needed where high groundwater levels may cause serious problems.

demonstrated success in the Marcellus play. Called “peanut pipe” or “popcorn pipe” by pipeline contractors because of the resemblance of its aggregate component to packing peanuts and popcorn, EZflow® has been installed by the mile on several recent pipeline projects in WV, PA and OH.

EZflow® is a fully engineered, high-performing and durable subsurface-drainage system.

EZflow® consists of the same components as a traditional French drain: aggregate, pipe and fabric. However, EZflow® is a 10-foot-long modular assembly of these three components whereas a traditional French drain is put together from a separate pile of gravel, rolls of fabric and coils of pipe. EZflow® is available in bundles with or without pipe surrounded by EPS aggregate encased in a 30-sieve geotextile mesh fabric. These components do not degrade upon installation and have a 100-year lifespan.

The French drain is a mainstay of subsurface drainage systems. It was originally popularized by Henry French of Concord, Massachusetts, in his 1859 book Farm Drainage, and used roofing tiles instead of pipe. The colloquial “drain tile” is still used in certain parts of the country for these systems. Today French drains generally consist of an excavated trench of stone aggregate with a perforated or slotted pipe near the bottom and sloping to a daylight point. Sometimes a filter fabric is used in the trench or around the pipe to prevent fines from passing through the system. Groundwater enters the trench from the sides and bottom and leaves through the pipe, lowering the surrounding water table. This relieves hydrostatic pressure when placed against a structure footing or foundation wall, helping keep basements and crawlspaces dry. When placed on slopes to prevent weeps and potential slips these are called interceptor drains. Problem The labor and equipment required to transport and install large volumes of loose stone aggregate are a challenge faced when using traditional stone-and-pipe French drains. Gravel is heavy and can be time consuming to move around a project site and difficult or impossible to get full truckloads to remote locations. Excavators and backhoes are needed to open drainage trenches and to move stone from stockpiles into the trench. There is potential for accidents or injury as heavy equipment moves around to transport and place loose stone among the laborers that are in and out of the trench laying fabric, pipe and working with the stone. There can be large variances in the quality of the gravel, pipe and fabric installation which may negatively impact the performance of a drainage system and its ability to solve or prevent problems as intended. Solution Engineered solutions are available that handle subsurface-drainage problems for the pipeline industry. Some are lightweight, durable, easy to transport and install and have exceptional flow characteristics. EZflow® is one such product with

With EZflow® one worker can carry what would be over a ton of gravel.

The innovative EPS aggregate is dramatically lighter than stone, making it easier to handle, transport and install. The EZflow® aggregate is much less expanded than EPS packing peanuts, meaning it has more compressive strength. Importantly, the aggregate is formed with strategic grooves or flow channels that increase porosity and flow capacity. The pipe bundles have standard corrugated-slotted-polyethylene pipe of 3-inch, 4-inch or 6-inch diameters resulting in bundle diameters of 7 inches, 10 inches and 15 inches, respectively. The bundles with pipe can be connected to


April/May 2016 each other with standard internal couplers. The 30-sieve mesh fabric is durable and versatile for a wide range of soil types. The modular and lightweight nature of EZflow® compared to loose stone means much easier transport to remote project sites than trucks weighed down with 15 tons of gravel. It also means much quicker installation times – documented up to 50% the handling and installation labor of traditional systems. Installation crews appreciate the quick, safe and easy installation; connect the bundles with couplings and lay the connected bundles along the top of the trench, drop them in and backfill. The flow rates for EZflow® are up to 30% greater than traditional stone-and-pipe French drains of the same size due to the flow channels of the EPS aggregate. This performance advantage can result in less site disturbance and a smaller drainagesystem footprint, saving more time and money over traditional methods. These known characteristics also make EZflow easy to design with by reducing the need for lengthy flow and volume calculations or empirical assumptions. Conclusion EZflow® is ideal for a variety of pipeline-drainage applications including slope stabilization and remediation in slip-prone areas, drainage behind trench plugs and retaining walls, and interceptor drains along access roads and right of ways. It is quick, easy and safe to transport and install which saves time and money on complicated drainage projects. It is durable and has known flow rates and performance characteristics that make it easy to design with and specify. EZflow® engineered drainage systems demonstrate impressive value and quality for pipeline projects. EZflow® is available through local drainage distributors by National Diversified Sales. For more information including details, specifications and availability please visit ndspro.com/ezflow. Contributor Michael Schreiber is available by email at michaelschreiber@ndspro.com or by phone at (443) 794-7684.

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12 Understanding Environmental Risk Communication Canonsburg, PA marcelluscoalition.org

26 Safeland USA Cambridge, OH www.rjrsafety.com

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28 KOGA Eastern KY Technical Seminar Prestonburg, KY www.kyoilgas.org

25 IADC Rig Pass w/ Safeland USA New Philadelphia, OH www.oogeep.org

28 ABGPA Technical Roundtable Canonsburg, PA www.abgpa.org

25 Air Quality Compliance Training Pittsburgh, PA www.pioga.org

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14 Safeland USA Bridgeport, WV www.rjrsafety.com

5 SafeLand USA Washington, PA www.rjrsafety.com

28 Safeland USA Cambridge, OH www.rjrsafety.com

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WIRELESS SENSO NETWORKS – APPLICATIONS IN OIL AND GAS By: Brent McAdams, VP of Sales and OEM Accounts, Oleum Tech Introduction As Machine to Machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) becomes part of the corporate strategic initiative, companies are recognizing a significant opportunity to enhance productivity, efficiency, and profitability through Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). These Networks have emerged as a key technology for oil & gas exploration and production companies looking to gain a competitive advantage. Since being introduced, manufacturers have enhanced product offerings to operate in the most inhospitable of environments while fortifying the technology with more robust communication architectures, hardening security, increasing reliability, and driving down power consumption. Wireless sensor networks are increasingly being deployed where hardwiring was the de facto standard. For many industrial applications, it has been well documented that wirelessly connected assets are up to 10X less expensive than wired alternatives. Driven by substantial and measurable cost savings in engineering, installation, and logistics as well as dramatic improvements in the frequency and reliability of data, wireless sensor networks offer much faster startups, and accelerated profits.

Flow – Flow measurement covers everything from well injection to custody transfer. The wireless transmitter is paired with the flow measurement instrumentation. This instrumentation includes but is not limited to different types of flowmeters that utilize differential pressures, positive displacement, ultrasonic, and Coriolis. Temperature – Temperature is typically measured with a Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) or a Thermocouple. The RTD or Thermocouple is paired with a wireless transmitter and monitors process temperatures including fluid and gases, chemicals, engines, compressors and flare stacks. Valve Actuation – Valves play a key role in providing safety to personnel and mitigating risk from any environmental impact. Emergency Shutdown (ESD) valves can be wirelessly automated to shut-in a well in the event of abnormal process conditions preventing a spill or catastrophic environmental incident. Environmental Regulations – In June of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a suite of requirements under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan1 to reduce methane and VOC emissions from oil and gas production, processing, and transportation activities. Wireless sensor networks are being leveraged to provide condition based monitoring and as a result, advanced analytics can be used from sensor data for predictive maintenance.

Applications The oil & gas Industry is perhaps one of the most prevalent industries for the application of wireless sensor networks. These applications are usually located in remote areas with rough terrain, elevation challenges, and extreme ambient environmental demands. Regardless, wireless sensor networks are deployed to monitor, manage and control everything from tanks and compressors to generators, separators and wellheads. Wireless sensor networks offer advantages over the traditional wired technology where wired options are either too expensive or not even an option. Figure 1 provides some of the options users have when deciding on the right transmitter for a given application.

Figure 2. Wireless Sensor Network Applications

Figure 1. Wireless Sensor End Nodes

Within the upstream oil & gas market, as depicted in Figure 2, the core applications center around: Tank Levels – The wireless transmitter head is paired with a level sensor based on the application requirements, process fluid, and whether or not a water interface level is required. There is a variety of sensor technologies including resistive, magnetostrictive, radar, ultrasonic, and hydrostatic. Pressures – Wellhead casing and tubing pressures are monitored by pairing a wireless transmitter with a pressure transducer. Monitoring these pressures and taking proactive action can prevent blowouts, potential safety and environmental consequences as well as lost resources.

Energy Harvesting For any wireless sensor end node to operate, power is required. For many industrial applications, the existing non-rechargeable battery powered solutions are more than capable of serving the market’s needs in terms of performance with an acceptable battery life. However, the battery does become the limiting factor as in order to optimize battery life, a tradeoff is required to lower the duty cycle and therefore minimize power consumption. For specific IoT applications, wireless sensors need to operate and communicate continuously which certainly creates a challenge for the existing solutions as non-rechargeable batteries are not a feasible option for the power requirements, high duty cycles, and faster data rates. Energy Harvesting is the process of using ambient environmental sources of energy like sun, wind and vibration and converting them into usable electrical energy to power sensor nodes. It is an attractive option as it supplements existing battery power and can lead to perpetual operations of end nodes.


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With the global market for Industrial wireless sensor networks expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.96% from 2014 to 20202, much needed innovation is required. In fact, according to ON World3, Energy harvesting is a growing consideration because changing batteries for thousands of remotely deployed wireless sensor nodes could become an expensive logistical headache and not feasible.

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Photovoltaic (harvesting energy from light) offers the most significant advantages as we have a virtually inexhaustible source of power with little to no adverse environmental impact. Of the solutions that are commercially available, solar energy harvesting devices based on Photovoltaic modules provide the highest power density, making it the best choice to power wireless sensor end nodes.

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Summary Global economic drivers and external forces are driving the need to continually improve performance and operational efficiency. Driven by the growing demand for advanced technology solutions to enhance productivity, efficiency, and profitability, industrial sectors are harnessing the power of wireless sensor networks. Innovation is being driven by data in order to make decisions, improve processes, and understand our customers. Connected assets through wireless sensor networks leads to lower costs, optimized processes, and the ability to make better decisions. A variety of energy sources can be utilized to power wireless sensor end nodes. Solar, mechanical, and thermal energy are the primary sources. Given these options, harnessing solar power is the most used and mature energy harvesting technique.

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IUOE/PLCA NATIONAL PIPELINE TRAINING PROGRAM – MEETING THE DEMANDS OF THE INDUSTRY By: WeldFit Energy Group In today’s oil and gas industry, employing qualified personnel to operate heavy equipment is an essential part of the pipeline construction process. Whether it is building new pipelines or repairing the existing pipelines, the contractors that perform this work are always looking for skilled professionals. Acknowledging this need, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the Pipeline Contractors Association (PLCA) joined forces to create what is known today as the National Pipeline Training Program. The program’s mission is to train IUOE heavy equipment operators from the United States to be the safest, most productive operators in the oil and gas industry. Over the years the pipeline construction industry has seen a lot of changes. From the old cable dozers of yesterday, to the highly computerized dozers of today. An industry where safety was sometimes overlooked, to an industry where safety is now a top priority. An industry that is more concerned about the environment than any other time in history, and we are also seeing an industry that at one time was dominated by males changing to an industry where more females are now involved. In the last decade, demand for skilled heavy equipment operators that understand these changes in the pipeline industry has been steadily increasing. Which raised a couple of questions “Where was the industry going to get these heavy equipment operators to fulfill these positions?” and “How are these operators going to understand the pipeline construction industry if they had never been employed in the industry before?” The answer for IUOE operators was simple, enroll into one of the many classes offered through the National Pipeline Training Program (NPTP). The program takes great pride in the training of participating operators. While attending training, IUOE operators are exposed to mock pipeline construction situations. The operators who attend the training are on-site 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. A typical day consists of 2 hours of classroom instruction followed by 8 hours of field training, thus allowing the operator to exercise what they were taught in the classroom. Emphasis on safety and environmental concerns are among the top priorities of the training. By attending these classes, IUOE operators have been able to successfully make a transition from the highway heavy, water sewer, and the building trade industries to the pipeline industry. Numerous operators that have attended the program have went on to become key personal such as project superintendents, foreman, and lead operators for various IUOE contractors. The next question is “How do you train heavy equipment operators to become key personal for a contractor either constructing or repairing a pipeline?” The NPTP’s answer to this question is to use instructors that actually work in the industry operating the heavy equipment used in the construction process, and then actually construct a mock pipeline Right-of-way during the training. The programs intention is to make the training as real as possible for the participating operator. The program believes in progressive training, start with the basics and then move onto the more advanced procedures used during the construction process. For example, during a typical three week excavator class, operators start out by learning the basics of excavating a pipeline v-ditch. As the operator’s skills progress, more challenging tasks are implemented into the training such as excavating creek crossings, point of intersections, road bore approaches, and OSHA approved bell holes to name a few. Along with the progressive field training, the classroom training is also considered progressive. Each day in the classroom will build on what was taught the day before. By developing this type of training , the NPTP has been able to achieve very high results and in return been able to supply the industry with key personnel.

Over the last 18 years, the National Pipeline Training Program has developed 12 different training courses for the operators of the IUOE. The courses were developed by listening to the needs of the Gas Companies who operate the pipelines, the contractors who construct and repair the pipelines, and the IUOE operators themselves who help construct and maintain the pipeline infrastructure. The classes developed consist of Intermediate Sideboom, Intermediate Excavator, Intermediate Angle Dozer, Horizontal Directional Drilling, Hydro-excavation, Ozzie Pipeline Padder, and Advanced Excavator for the Maintenance and rehabilitation work, In addition John Henry Rock Drilling, Pipeline Winching, Bending Engineering, Deckhand Pipelifter and the Vacuworxs Pipelifter classes are also available. As one example of training, operators who participate in the angle dozer class will actually build a mock right-of-way that could be as long as 1800 feet, consisting of side hill cuts, sags, over bends, a creek crossing, and simulated hot line crossings. During this class, emphasis is put into the understanding of Right-of-Way limits and the importance of understanding environmental regulations.

Three D-6Ts owned by the National Pipeline Training Program constructing a Mock Right-of-Way during a three week angle dozer class.

As a second example of training, the Advanced Excavator course concentrates on the excavation of existing hotlines. In this course, actual sections of pipe are buried in the ground, properly located, and then safely excavated. These buried sections may contain side bends, over bends, sags, and simulated hot line crossings. The participating operators are instructed how to safely expose these buried lines, excavate around the side bends, and how to properly tunnel underneath the existing hotlines. As mentioned earlier, every course offered through the program is taught by professional pipeline heavy equipment operators that actually work in the industry during the summer months and then instruct for the program during the winter months. By allowing this, the program’s instructors are able to inform the participating operators of the program about the current safety procedures implemented by the gas companies and contractors, the current DOT and FERC regulations, and the newest techniques being used in the industry today. The program today offers 178 different classes at various locations in the United States, which total over 150,000 man hours of training available to IUOE operators. The program utilizes 17 instructors and 46 pieces of heavy equipment. In addition, the program utilizes actual pipe donated by various gas companies


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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 – The historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 added a bit more history today with the race’s first presenting sponsor, PennGrade Motor Oil. A subsidiary of Lebanon, Indiana-based D-A Lubricant Company, PennGrade Motor Oil will serve as presenting sponsor through a multi-year deal. “This historic announcement is welcome news for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and generates even more momentum for the entire Verizon INDYCAR Series,” Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles said. “PennGrade Motor Oil, with its deep understanding of the heritage and tradition that fuels the Indy 500, is the perfect presenting sponsor for the world’s greatest race.” “We’re thrilled that PennGrade Motor Oil is joining us, not only for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 but for more Indy 500s going forward,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said. “My grandmother worked for D-A Lubricant so I’m well-versed in the company’s history and I know our fans will appreciate the Hoosier connection as well.” D-A Lubricant sponsored entries in the “500” from 1955-58, with a high finish of sixth in 1956 with driver Bob Sweikert. D-A-sponsored cars also ran in the USAC Championship series during that time, winning once in 1957 and four times in 1958. Last year, the company was an associate sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Dallara-Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The company recently acquired Brad Penn, a manufacturer of a product called PennGrade 1, well-known to grassroots racers and muscle-car enthusiasts for its effectiveness in high- performance engines. As part of the acquisition, D-A Lubricant is launching a new consumer brand called PennGrade Motor Oil, which is available online now and will eventually be launched as a full-scale consumer retail product. “There’s no better way for us to debut PennGrade Motor Oil than by partnering with the world’s largest single-day

“In 2016 we are devoting a lot of time and resources toward the launch of the PennGrade brand, and we see the presenting sponsorship of the Indy 500 as an ideal national and international platform to do that. Said Gisela Miller, President, D-A Lubricant Co. “Not only has our new brand initiative allowed us to partner with IMS and Rahal Letterman Lanigan, but during these last 12 months we’ve created strong partnerships with MGM Resorts and Rising Star Racing. We believe this relationship with IMS will open up many more doors for other partnerships in the future”. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be a once-in- a-generation celebration of speed, progress and the pursuit of glory. Helio Castroneves will try for his fourth Indy 500 title, a hallowed record shared by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya chases a third win, while past champions Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will seek to further cement their status among “500” greats. Competing against these racing icons will be a new generation of exciting drivers including recent INDYCAR rookie of the year winners Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe and Gabby Chaves. The Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is the world’s largest single-day sporting event and is syndicated globally in 147 countries. The 99th running generated more than 2.8 billion social media impressions. TV ratings for last year’s race – and the entire Verizon INDYCAR Series – experienced significant year to year growth.


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SHALE MOUNTAIN RESOURCES--TURN-KEY SOLUTIONS REDUCE COSTS AND INCREASE EFFICIENCY By: JJ Benson, Asset Manager, Shale Mountain Resources The key element in today’s oil and gas market is efficiency, which is why Shale Mountain Resources has become such a competitive player in a market flooded with companies struggling to reduce overhead, yet still meet operator expectations for service. The easiest way to become efficient? Offer a streamlined, turn-key approach to services. SMR has a diversified list of services that differentiate it from the rest of the field: rentals, trucking, cleaning, recycling and, most recently, waste processing and radiological testing. By offering services so closely connected SMR can truly be a one-call-does-it-all operation. Washington County, PA; Green County, PA. These points on the map allow for efficient delivery of rental equipment and rapid response for service. The most recent addition to Shale Mountain is an oilfield materials processing facility in Columbiana County. The facility, permitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, allows SMR to accept and solidify oilfield materials and transload TENORM materials at its nearby rail terminal.

“We have prided ourselves in being able to offer a wide range of services to some of the most well-known E & P and service companies in the world,” said Dave Patrick, SMR’s Chief Executive Officer. “And our ability to form partnerships with other service providers, even ones who offer similar services, has broadened our capabilities and strengthened our position in the market.” Shale Mountain has the ability to package many of its services, beginning with containment installation and setting rig mats. The rental division provides laydowns, uprights and mud tanks, with the added capability of hauling water, mud and production fluids. Tank cleaning, waste-box rental and solids and liquid disposal are also part of SMR’s forte, as is liner and poly-pipe recycling. Radium 226/228 sampling and analysis, along with solidification and TENORM disposal, allows SMR to truly be a part of every stage of a well from start to finish. And by working closely with other service providers, SMR can ensure expertise at all phases as certain projects require capabilities outside the scope of work SMR can provide. Rather than “sub” the work, SMR prefers bringing service companies on board as a partner, even when that company is a competitor. This team-based approach creates transparency and clearer communication, which in turn increases efficiency without sacrificing safety. This concept has served well on impoundment pond remediation projects, spill response and oilfield material disposal, to name a few. Location also plays a key role in SMR’s turn-key approach with manpower and equipment at the right locations: Columbiana County, OH; Guernsey County, OH;

The facility is complimented by a state-of-the-art laboratory conducting sampling and analytical work unseen anywhere else. Radium 226/228 testing for Ohio oilfield materials is completed in less than 15 minutes, giving operators results as soon as it reaches the lab and further reducing costs associated with rentals and mobilization to disposal facilities. “It is fast, efficient, accurate and precise,” said Amanda Grilli, SMR’s Director of Quality Control and Quality Assurance. “I’ve been working in labs for a decade now, and I have never seen such accurate results in radium analysis done in the span of a few minutes.” Though TENORM is nothing new to E & P companies, the methods for handling and disposal are evolving quickly, making compliance increasingly challenging. Shale Mountain continuously monitors these regulation changes, and to help companies remain compliant SMR offers TENORM consulting services, including the creation and implementation of Radiation Protection Plans and worker safety training. Having RPPs in place and implementing them properly reduces liability, increases a company’s overall understanding of TENORM and promotes a safer working environment for employees.


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Page 23 “The rules continuously evolve,” Kosko said, “and staying ahead becomes the challenge. We proactively work with regulators to ensure we are compliant, and the information we gather is passed on to our clients.” Recent rule changes within the Department of Transportation are one example of how important it is for companies to stay ahead of the curve. Rules pertaining to TENORM transportation and how containers previously containing TENORM must be handled after it is offloaded have recently been updated, and further changes are expected when Ohio implements new laws regulating TENORM processing facilities. As SMR learned of these changes it immediately communicated this information to its clients. This example shows how Shale Mountain’s regulatory experience and background make it the perfect partner for any E & P or service company looking to strengthen their TENORM compliance. Moving forward, TENORM disposal will be an integral part of Shale Mountain’s services. But SMR’s ability to offer so many complimentary services proves it’s truly a turn-key operation. Even though the industry is suffering an unprecedented economic downturn, SMR is experiencing positive momentum in its operations as E & P companies search for innovative ways to reduce operating costs. It’s likely that one call truly does it all, which in turn is simplifying the process of finding reliable contractors who can operate safely and efficiently.

Kevin Kosko, Vice President of Environmental Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at SMR, has been working with radiation for 32 years, including experience with Department of Energy and Department of Defense projects. Through his years of consulting he has met with dozens of companies and trained hundreds of employees who have taken a proactive approach to radiation compliance and safety. According to Kosko, the biggest challenge for companies is remaining ahead of the curve.

“We’re noticing a trend when people call. Very often we hear, ‘Oh, you do that too,’’” Patrick said. “We’ve built this company with the customer in mind and with the belief that our work ethic is our best form of advertising. Our focus will remain safety, reliability and innovative ways to reduce costs associated with our services.” The turn-key approach isn’t something new, but it’s something becoming harder and harder to find in the oil and gas industry. It appears SMR has found a way to unlock the cost-savings potential by doing so.

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