TBD America, Inc.


We ensure that government officials
as well as contractors and private entities
understand the technical, regulatory and safety
requirements of shale gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing.

 TBD America Hydraulic Fracturing Training services
Our expertise

Best Management Practices  •  Oversight  •  Safety  •  Regulations   •  Operator Qualification
Workforce Certification •  Emergency Response Plans

We distinguish ourselves by providing both high-level technical training and implementing a practical hands-on approach to enable our clients manage the risks of shale gas development to the community, environment and economy while developing a valuable resource.

Our team of professionals has expertise and prior experience with:
  • Oil and gas drilling and completions engineering
  • Chemical composition and toxicity of completion and stimulation fluids
  • Natural gas geochemistry
  • State and federal regulations and proposed regulations
  • Treatment in surface facilities, permitting, and waste disposal
  • Air quality
  • Subsurface geology
  • Groundwater and surface-water quality
  • Permitting and approvals
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Higher education.

We can facilitate the evaluation of all technical, safety and regulatory aspects of hydraulic fracturing. We have significant experience working in and consulting for the oil and gas industry, and understand both the technical and operational aspects of the issues. The following capabilities and expertise enable TBD provide great value in meeting the challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing:
  • Extensive operational knowledge of oil and gas exploration and production activities and their potential environmental impacts.
  • In-depth, functional knowledge and expertise regarding petroleum engineering, use of disposal pits and ponds, and hydraulic fracturing fluid use.
  • Proven experience on high-profile projects of national and international significance—often in a dispute resolution setting.
  • Scientific expertise in environmental and health perspectives, hazard characterization, chemical risk assessment and regulatory policy, and experience with conducting human health and environmental risk, impact, and baseline assessments for the oil and gas industry.

About this practice

TBD is able to provide our clients with distinctive knowledge aimed at understanding the shale gas extraction process to proactively identify and prevent operational issues that can cause downstream health, safety and environmental problems.

The key to our success is our seamless integration of technology, environmental and regulatory experience with diverse industry experience in enhanced oil and gas recovery. Keeping those responsible for regulatory supervision and execution on track to ensure:

•    adequate oversight
•    adoption of appropriate regulations and legislation
•    onsite safety and emergency preparedness plans
•    programs to train and certify the workforce
•    adherence to best management practices
•    and qualification.

Hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells has been understood and used for more than 60 years, and it is well known that this operation can make otherwise non-economic wells financially viable. In fact, hydraulic fracturing operations have led to a renaissance in the natural gas drilling and production industry in shale gas and coal-bed methane regions throughout the world.

The industry has learned is doing it wrong will lead to problems. Modern shale gas development is technologically driven and must be treated as such. Unproven cost cutting measures and process deviations are unacceptable.  Experience tells us, shale gas can be safely managed and controlled. Done right it is a low risk proposition.

Issues are being raised by community and environmental action groups regarding possible health and environmental effects associated with chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, as well as with the potential leakage of fracturing fluids into drinking-water aquifers, and the discharge of fracturing fluids after use. Currently, hydraulic fracturing operations and associated fluids are covered by stringent regulatory programs, and are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Legislation has been introduced that would change the regulation of these fluids. Additionally, legislation governing disclosure of fluid composition, permitting requirements for use and disposal, and requirements for preliminary environmental assessments are under development.

Reputable investigations into the environmental complaints related to hydraulic fracturing concluded that the problems were avoidable and traced to: inferior casing and cementing; insufficient separation between gas-bearing rock and water supplies; and lack of oversight and adherence to best management practices.

TBD will give you the wherewithal to ensure hydraulic fracturing is done right the first time without harm to people and the planet.