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September GSP Luncheon Meeting

  • September 14, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Cefalo's, 428 Washington Ave. Carnegie, PA


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NOTE:  Date of meeting changed to Tuesday, September 14.

11:30 - Door open

11:45 - Lunch Buffet

12:00 - Lecture

2018 Honorary Lecturer to North America

Dr. Tim Carr

West Virginia University


Importance of Recognizing Preexisting Fractures to Completion and Production Efficiencies in the Marcellus Shale.

Authors: Timothy R Carr, Ebrahim Fathi, Brian Panetta, Natalie Odergaarden, West Virginia University; BJ Carney, Northeast Natural Energy LLC; Rob Bohn, Silixa LLC


The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Lab (MSEEL) provides a publicly available dataset and a hypothesis-driven field test of the significance of preexisting natural fractures at multiple scales on the effectiveness of the stimulation of an unconventional reservoir. Sonic and micro resistivity imaging show the presence of numerous preexisting cemented fracture swarms is evaluated.


We present conclusions about stage and cluster spacing and the significance of preexisting natural fracture on stage isolation and fracture efficiency. The publicly available data and workflow allow others to use, verify, and evaluate our findings using the same initial data.  Download the September newsletter to read the full abstract.

About our presenter:   Dr. Timothy R. Carr came to West Virginia University in 2007 as the first Marshal Miller Energy Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography. Dr. Carr is also a visiting professor at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan and consultant to the private sector and the US State Department.  He is a past President of the Council Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) and the Eastern Section of the American association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Current research projects are in the areas of unconventional resources, subsurface petroleum geology and geophysics, energy systems, and carbon capture and storage. Prior to coming to West Virginia, Carr worked as chief of the Energy Research Section and as senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He was also co-director of the Energy Research Center and adjunct professor in the University of Kansas, Department of Geology. His experience also includes 13 years with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), where he worked in a number of research, operations and management positions. At ARCO, Carr was involved in both exploration and development projects in locations including Alaska, the North Sea, East Greenland, California and Kansas. He was a founder of a company focused on carbon storage and associated enhanced oil recovery.  Carr has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in geology from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin.

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