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Zacariah L Hildenbrand, ELEEP Virtual Discussion: Citizen Monitoring of Fracking Activities


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This presentation was given during an ELEEP Virtual Discussion on "Citizen Monitoring of Fracking Activities" on July 26, 2016. A video recording of the event is available on the ELEEP Network YouTube Channel -

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Zacariah L Hildenbrand, ELEEP Virtual Discussion: Citizen Monitoring of Fracking Activities

  1. 1. Zacariah L. Hildenbrand1,2, Doug D. Carlton2, and Kevin A. Schug2 1Inform Environmental, LLC, Dallas, TX 75206 2Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, UT-Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 Environmental Monitoring and Remediation in Shale energy Basins
  2. 2. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development • Affects: – Groundwater quality • Organic molecules, chlorinated species, alcohols, metals – Air quality • Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene (BTEX) – Soil integrity • BTEX and Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – Human health? • Developing new methods
  3. 3. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
  4. 4. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
  5. 5. Eagle Ford Case Study BTEX Emissions Highly localized to pad activities
  6. 6. Eagle Ford Case Study Soil Accumulation White dots denote 0 BTEX detections, yellow dots denote 1 BTEX detection, orange dots denote 2 BTEX detections, red dots denote 3 BTEX detections, and blue dots denote that all 4 BTEX species were detected.
  7. 7. In situ Methane Detection
  8. 8. 40.2 44.65 -63.54
  9. 9. Future Directions Develop new technology and best management practices for instances of drilling-related contamination events Remediation and recycling Groundwater, surface water, soil In situ detection of environmental abnormalities Methane and VOC emissions Dissolved gases in groundwater