Two concepts that the EFD-TIP team follow are:

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

Baseline Monitoring

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


The EFD-TIP team conducted 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 measured and identified these emissions and then developed recommendations concerning mitigation practices.

Air Emissions – Sensors

The EFD-TIP team conducted 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 provided 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.

Air Emissions – Fuel Usage

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

For more information contact:

     Rich Haut: rhaut@HARCResearch.org, 281-364-6053

     Andra Wilcox: awilcox@HARCResearch.org, 281-364-6036

     Carolyn LaFleur: clafleur@HARCResearch.org, 281-364-6047