Watch the video above to see our EFD Team out in the field!

The West Regional EFD Center has established various test sites in the Eagle Ford, a major unconventional shale play in Texas.

The East EFD Regional Center is working with NETL to perform a baseline monitoring field test. Environmental monitoring includes air emissions, ground water, erosion/sedimentation, wildlife impacts and landscape changes. West Virginia University students work side-by-side with NETL, augmenting the ongoing monitoring effort.

The field tests and case studies program implements these concepts. Specifically, the following items are being addressed:

Completed Case Studies may be found here.

Baseline Monitoring

The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to determine how to effectively establish a baseline monitoring program. Monitoring programs needs to consider site-specific issues. In general, the following items need to be taken into account: ground water, wildlife fragmentation, invasive species, etc.

Air Quality, Noise and Lighting

The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to document monitoring air quality, noise and light in rural as well as urban areas where oil and gas operations are present.

Water and Waste Stream

The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to document effective means to monitor water treatment and re-use technologies. In particular, the team is determining what parameters need to be measured and tracked prior, during and after operations.


The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to monitor emissions from pits and impoundments. Air emissions may include highly volatile organic compounds (HVOC) and other potential pollutants. The field tests and case studies will first measure and identify these emissions and then develop recommendations concerning mitigation practices.

Air Emissions – Sensors

The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to deploy and test new equipment to monitor air quality during drilling and completion operations.

Selected sensors measure the environmental conditions within a certain area, record those conditions remotely, then process and incorporate that information into the Sensorpedia network for display in real time. An ORNL team provides guidance on the parameters included in the demonstration of the Sensorpedia EFD network, setting the boundaries for the data and development of baseline/monitoring data for environmental impacts.

The oversight monitoring program is capable of measuring small or large geographic areas. The subtask will also document the effectiveness of technology being tested in the Eagle Ford Shale proving ground.

More information on Sensorpedia can be found at: http://www.sensorpedia.com/

Air Emissions – Fuel Usage

The EFD-TIP team is conducting field tests to document air emissions at rig sites. The program is planning to investigate various power systems, including the use of natural gas systems.