Innovations in Oil Recovery

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) conducted a day-long workshop on March 2, 2011, in Evansville, Indiana. The workshop, entitled "Innovations in Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Illinois Basin," was part of the ISGS commitment to the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council contract funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. The workshop was coordinated by ISGS geologist Joan Crockett. ISGS speakers included Scott Frailey, who discussed petroleum engineering and geology in two carbon dioxide improved and enhanced oil recovery pilot studies, and John Grube, Nathan Webb, James Damico, and Beverly Seyler, who spoke about hydrocarbon reservoir characterization. Other speakers were from oil companies in the Illinois Basin, and their talks featured their improved and enhanced oil recovery projects. The workshop had 92 attendees from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Many positive evaluation responses were received from the registrants for meeting their needs and interests.