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Wisdom & Wine: History of Idle & Orphan Wells

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Visitors can enjoy a sample of wine from Brokenstraw Valley Winery and view the exhibit before listening to a presentation by Dan Arthur, P.E., SPEC and Founder, President and Chief Engineer of All Consulting.
Dan Arthurs will present “History of Idle & Orphan Wells In America.”
Prior to the 1800s, there are many accounts of oil being used for a variety of purposes, although this was largely from oil found in surface seeps. In the early 1800s, oil was discovered when salt miners were drilling to recover salt from underground salt deposits in Appalachia. In 1821, the first commercial gas well was drilled in Fredonia, New York. Then, in 1859, the first commercial oil wells was drilled by Drake. Since those early discoveries and developments, millions of oil & gas wells have been drilled in America. Unfortunately, through ongoing cycles of demand and commodity prices, many wells have become orphaned while others cannot be economically produced. This leaves millions of wells to be plugged – all of which are different and were drilled & completed using a variety of technologies and materials. Understanding the history of these wells is crucial to addressing this problem. This talk will present the history of these wells as well as the significance of the problem we face today.
Mr. Arthur is a registered professional petroleum engineer specializing in oil & gas upstream, environmental, and asset decommissioning. He has 40 years of diverse experience that includes work in industry, government, and consulting. Mr. Arthur is a founding member of ALL Consulting and has served as the company’s President & Chief Engineer since its inception in 1999. Prior to founding ALL Consulting,
Mr. Arthur served as a Vice President of upstream energy services at a large international consulting engineering firm, served as an Enforcement Officer and National Expert for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a drilling and operations engineer with an independent oil producer, and worked oilfield service company (Halliburton) in the mid-continent. Mr. Arthur is also the Vice President of Well Plugging Initiatives of CSR Services (A Pennsylvania Well Service & Plugging Company); Chief Technology Officer of Total Methane Technologies; and Chief Engineer of DynaVert Holdings (a Carbon Credit Project Development Company).
Special admission fees apply. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Series sponsored by CSR Services, LLC.


March 28
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Drake Well Museum and Park
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Titusville, 16354 United States
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