One issue that the energy industry faces is how to minimize adverse environmental impacts of operations. To address this issue, EFD TIP envisions a public-private collaboration to develop a new type of environmental oversight program to provide key stakeholders the information they need to ensure environmental standards are met. Under this subtask, the EFD TIP team will include: Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), which will be responsible for the monitoring plan; the Texas Center for Applied Technologies (TCAT), which will develop the management plan for the field test effort; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), developers of Sensorpedia,[1] a web services framework for sharing sensor information. The EFD Team will plan, deploy, conduct, and document a field trial to monitor air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale Play.

In Phase I, field test plans will be developed. The plans will include the specification and identification of a broad range of new and existing in situ and mobile sensors to measure the environmental conditions within a certain area. Data sources will include monitoring stations, vehicular emission sensors, leak detectors, open source sensors (e.g., from NOAA, USGS, EPA), enterprise sensors, and human field observations. In particular, the plan will identify methods and means to improve source determination of air quality measurements. Requirements and standards for data provenance and metrology for each of the sensor types—to include human observations—will be provided for the environmental measurements and incorporated into the plan. The ORNL team will provide guidance on the parameters to be included in the proposed demonstration of the Sensorpedia EFD network. As part of this guidance, Sensorpedia mashups will be specifically designed for the spatial display of the multi-sensor information in real time. The development and coordination of the mashups, as well as other Phase I plans and designs, will be documented in part through a blogging feature that ORNL will deploy on an ALPHA version of the EFD branded Sensorpedia platform. For Phase I, TAMUK will be responsible for the monitoring plan (including the development of general protocols for interfacing a prototype wireless air sensor network to Sensorpedia), and the TCAT will develop the management plan for the field test effort. ORNL will set the boundaries for the data and advise information prioritization and development of baseline and monitoring data for environmental impacts.

In Phase II of the task, a “branded” EFD Sensorpedia server will be established at ORNL with basic features to allow users to publish, share, see and subscribe to sensor information. Oversight air quality monitoring will be implemented where TIP field tests are being conducted. It is anticipated that the effort, involving acquisition of a server, development of software for EFD’s requirements, preparation of data and training of users will take about 6 months following selection of the data to be incorporated.

Once the field testing is implemented, this task will deliver a prototype environmental oversight package that accepts a wide variety of sensor data and displays information in easily understandable manner through an existing network. The oversight monitoring program will be capable of monitoring small or large geographic areas. The field test will document the effectiveness of air emissions control technology being tested in the Eagle Ford Shale proving ground.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will use the Sensorpedia[1] network for the integration and analysis of data streams from multiple, diverse sources. The network will be developed with input from Texas A&M University Kingsville Environmental Engineering Department and Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment.