Groundwater and Oil and Gas Development: Improved Management Practices for Groundwater Protection and Water Supply (workshop #5035)

Date: March 4-5, 2019
Location: San Antonio, Texas


The boom in unconventional oil and gas development presents many challenges to groundwater resources, including water availability and groundwater quality.

To provide forums to address these issues, NGWA sponsored workshops in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2014 and in Columbus, Ohio, in 2017 to bring together scientists and practitioners from the groundwater and oil and gas industries, government, and universities. The goal of these workshops was to identify data gaps and science needs, and to provide recommendations for reducing uncertainties related to groundwater risk.

This third workshop will focus on water availability and improved water management practices for groundwater protection.

The call for papers for this event has been reopened with a submission due date of January 4, 2019. Please click on the “Call for papers” tab below for more information and to make a submission.

Keynote speaker

benge-glen“Wellbore Barriers — More than Just a Good Cement Job” will be presented by keynote speaker Glen Benge, an independent consultant specializing in wellbore isolation and well cementing.

Retired from ExxonMobil where he spent more than 24 years working as a technical adviser in drilling, Benge has 40 years of experience associated with all aspects of well cementing and isolation, and has authored numerous papers and texts on all aspects of cementing design and application. He served as the testifying expert for the U.S. Department of Justice for evaluation of cementing on the Deepwater Horizon case. He’s past chairman of API Subcommittee 10 on Oil Well Cementing and remains an active member and work group chair.

Benge has authored technical papers on zonal isolation and wellbore isolation for containment of gas migration, fluid isolation, and pressure containment for long-term wellbore integrity. He is a technical editor for SPE Drilling & Completion journal, and has served as session chairman for the National AADE Conference and on the steering committee for the SPE Forum on Advanced Drilling Techniques. Benge serves on industry advisory groups for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He’s past president of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers and is a senior member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a technical editor since 2003, and received the SPE recognition for “A Peer Apart” in 2013.

Program advisers

  • Bill Alley, Ph.D.
  • Glen Benge
  • Anthony Gorody, Ph.D., PG
  • Richard Jackson, Ph.D., PE
  • Kyle Murray, Ph.D.
  • Jean-Philippe Nicot, Ph.D.
  • Joe Scott
  • Dan Soeder





Call for papers

Abstracts from both groundwater and upstream oil and gas industry professionals are being solicited on these general topics with an emphasis on those addressing:

  • Production well design and wellbore integrity
  • Management and disposal of produced water
  • Nonpotable groundwater withdrawals for frack water supply
  • Guidelines for sampling domestic/farm wells near oil and gas operations
  • Stray gas issues, including establishing setback distances based on field evidence
  • Sources of data and state reporting requirements.

Abstracts must be submitted online via our conference management platform and are due by January 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this workshop, inclusive of a tabletop exhibit and one free registration, are available. For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact the NGWA sales department at

Fees and registration


On/before February 1

  • NGWA members — $345
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $345
  • Nonmembers — $495
  • Full-time students (ID required) — $150

Starting February 2

  • NGWA members — $445
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $445
  • Nonmembers — $595
  • Full-time students (ID required) — $150

*Please note those registering as government employees must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click here for more details.

Four ways to register

  • Register online.
  • Register by phoning NGWA customer service at (800) 551-7379 — (614) 898-7791 outside the United States) — Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
  • Register by fax or maildownload the registration form.
Venue and accommodations


University of Texas San Antonio Conference Center
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78207


You will need to secure your own overnight accommodations. Nearby hotels include the following.