NEOS GeoSolutions Launches Eco-Assurance Offering for E&P Companies

  NEOS GeoSolutions Launches Eco-Assurance Offering for E&P Companies

Supports Planning for Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing Programs in Appalachia

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- February 20, 2013

NEOS GeoSolutions, Inc. today announced that it has launched a new
Eco-Assurance™ solution for oil & gas companies who are seeking additional
insights related to surface and near-surface geologic conditions when planning
their drilling and hydraulic fracturing programs. Although designed for E&P
companies operating in Appalachia, the Eco-Assurance solution can be
implemented in almost any natural resource exploration and development
setting.

Carl Kincheloe, Director of Appalachian Programs for NEOS, commented, “E&P
operators in Appalachia face significant scrutiny when conducting their
drilling, fracing, and production activities. The Appalachian Basin is an
active hydrocarbon system in which gas has been migrating towards the surface
along naturally occurring faults for millions of years. Some of this gas has
become trapped in shallow structures which are very difficult to see on
seismic and which E&P operators wish to avoid when drilling down to deeper
reservoir targets in the Marcellus or Utica shales. Other geo-hazards that
operators want to be aware of include the location of faults in the shale
intervals that can reduce the effectiveness of fracing operations and a large
number of orphaned wellbores throughout the region that were drilled decades
ago, often pre-dating modern record-keeping systems that noted their
locations.”

The NEOS Eco-Assurance solution makes use of hyperspectral, magnetic, and both
passive-source and active-source electro-magnetic (EM) sensors. These
geophysical measurements are acquired using both fixed-wing aircraft and
helicopters and, after they are processed and interpreted by NEOS
geoscientists, provide insights into:

  *Shallow gas geo-hazards;
  *Near-surface and reservoir-interval fault zones;
  *Orphaned wellbore locations;
  *Wetlands locations;
  *Oil seep and gas plume locations on the surface;
  *Pre-development conditions in local waterways and aquifers.

Mr. Kincheloe continued, “We have already delivered these insights on several
projects in Appalachia. In fact, one of our clients presented their
perspectives on the methodology and the value it provided at a Groundwater
Protection Council (GWPC) forum last year. We sense the commitment all E&P
operators have to conducting their exploration, drilling, and fracing
operations with the utmost regard to the environment. It’s a privilege for
NEOS to be able to support their commitment, even if in a small way.”

A copy of the case study presented at the GWPC form is available at:
tinyurl.com/NEOS-GWPC.

A narrated slideshow describing NEOS’s Eco-Assurance offering is available at:
tinyurl.com/NEOS-EcoAssurance.

About NEOS GeoSolutions

NEOS helps exploration teams in the onshore oil & gas and mining industries
make faster, more informed decisions about where to explore, lease and drill.
In partnership with its clients, NEOS acquires and simultaneously interprets
multiple geological, geophysical, and geochemical datasets to identify
hydrocarbons and minerals in the subsurface. The company is backed by a group
of internationally recognized investors, including Bill Gates, Energy Capital
Group, Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Passport Capital.
For more information, visit www.neosgeo.com.

Contact:

NEOS GeoSolutions, Inc.
Media Interests
Courtney Ford, +1-925-738-2168
Corporate Marketing
or
Commercial Interests
Carl Kincheloe, +1-713-425-0503
Director, Appalachian Programs
 
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