Funded by RPSEA and Industry

The EFD Team is working with the prime contractor, GSI Environmental Inc. to develop practical and cost-effective methods to address environmental risks associated with shale gas development. These risks, as expressed by legislators, regulatory agencies, and the general public; are a) potential emissions of volatile air contaminants from produced water impoundments, b) potential impacts of methane and other gases on groundwater resources, and c) ineffective treatment, disposal, or re-use of produced water due to insufficient analytical characterization.

The objective is to develop and evaluate scientifically-based protocols for the effective sampling, analysis, and interpretation of data during the monitoring and investigation of critical waste streams and potential environmental impacts. This project will provide key industry stakeholders with accurate protocols for making informed decisions regarding the monitoring and mitigation of environmental risks.

The project team will evaluate sampling and testing technologies and develop decision-making protocols for three critical environmental issues, including:

  1. Air Emissions: Evaluation of sampling and analytical methods and modeling procedures to accurately characterize volatile organic emissions from ponds,
  2. Stray Gas Impacts: Compilation of baseline isotopic and compositional data on dissolved gas and source gas, field testing of alternative sampling methods, analysis of temporal variation of dissolved gas in water wells, and development of practical guidelines for investigation of suspected stray gas impacts based on multiple lines of evidence, and
  3. Produced Water Characterization: Field testing of on-site analytical testing methods for rapid characterization of produced water quality as needed for cost-effective reuse, treatment, or disposal, and reduction of fresh water demand.


If you would like to get involved in one of our advisory committees associated with the effort, please send a note to Rich Haut: rhaut@HARCresearch.org.