Environmentally Friendly Drilling

In 2005, Tom Williams, (twilliams@leidllc.com; 713-201-3866) formerly with Noble Drilling, Dave Burnett, Texas A&M University GPRI (burnett@pe.tamu.edu:979-845-2274) and Rich Haut, Houston Advanced Research Center started up the EFD program to provide unbiased science and develop solutions to address issues associated with oil and gas development.

Begun with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2005 and then receiving funding under the RPSEA Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Program in 2009, funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010, additional RPSEA funding in 2012, and funding from the US Department of Interior in 2011, along with funding from various stakeholders, the EFD program provides unbiased science and develops solutions to address environmental and societal issues associated with oil and gas development.

Featuring an international research team, the program has had many accomplishments, bringing together government agencies and regulators, industry, academia, environmental organizations, a variety of associations and the public.


Contact Environmentally Friendly Drilling

Rich Haut, Dave Burnett and Tom Williams

National Service
Phone: (281) 364-6093


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