Technology Merit: Information Technology


RegScan, Inc. (Williamsport, PA), in collaboration with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, for deployment of their Environmental Compliance System beyond its original Pennsylvania market. The system is an on-line timeline that chronologically outlines all the regulatory requirements for oil and gas exploration and production. It is fully integrated with the RegScan GCS 2.0 research databases, which contain volumes of state and federal regulations. What began in October 2011 with a Pennsylvania-specific product has now been expanded into a complete line of suites covering 10 states in every major U.S. shale play. National coverage includes modules for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was announced in June 2012, in response to the approval of the first-ever National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) that targeted the natural gas industry. RegScan also made the EPA module available as a stand-alone product to augment coverage in jurisdictions where comprehensive state suites were not available.

Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES; Neptune, NJ) for deployment of real-time remote monitoring systems to observe and analyze data on groundwater, surface water, and air emissions at project sites. In 2012 GES successfully used remote monitoring and data trend analyses on a variety of projects. On one project, GES collected data to understand natural methane fluctuations in groundwater and well headspace, demonstrating how those data correlate to other parameters such as weather changes and water well pumping. GES also recently implemented real-time monitoring on a project that utilizes solar-powered weather stations installed at unconventional gas well drilling sites. The real-time data is being used to notify staff, via e-mail alarm notifications, of potentially unsafe conditions (e.g., high winds). Rainfall data (programmed with daily and hourly rainfall alarms) is used to initiate erosion and sediment control enhancements and inspections. All data can be viewed remotely by computer or smartphone.