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Water Initiative 2014 Canadian Water Network Research Project Overview

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The Water Initiative research team is preparing an
extensive comparative, multidisciplinary review of
hydraulic fracturing wastewater handling, treatment,
reuse and disposal by comparing the operating
practices, regulatory policies and stakeholder concerns
that have emerged in various jurisdictions regulating
unconventional shale formations in North America. The
research will identify key knowledge gaps and enable
private and public sector decision-makers to develop
specific research approaches to directly address these
identified knowledge gaps.

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Water Initiative 2014 Canadian Water Network Research Project Overview

  1. 1. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING Hydraulic fracturing is a technology that has long been employed in the oil and gas industry. However, the recent combination with new horizontal drilling techniques has unlocked vast potential shale gas and tight oil reserves across North American and changed the industry almost overnight. PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Water Initiative research team is preparing an extensive comparative, multidisciplinary review of hydraulic fracturing wastewater handling, treatment, reuse and disposal by comparing the operating practices, regulatory policies and stakeholder concerns that have emerged in various jurisdictions regulating unconventional shale formations in North America. The research will identify key knowledge gaps and enable private and public sector decision-makers to develop specific research approaches to directly address these identified knowledge gaps. SPONSOR – THE CANADIAN WATER NETWORK The CWN is laying the groundwork to move research on hydraulic fracturing and water forward to directly address the needs of government and industry decision-makers in this complex area. The CWN is funding national multidisciplinary academic teams to evaluate research approaches that could be applied to strengthen decision-making. The knowledge integration projects adresses information gaps in the following issue areas: 1. Water use and demand management; 2. Wastewater handling, treatment and disposal; 3. Groundwater and subsurface impact issues; 4. Landscape impacts of development/operations on surface water/watersheds; and 5. Watershed governance and management approaches for resource development, including aboriginal issues. PROJECT TEAM • Principle Investigator: Dr. Greg Goss, University of Alberta • Project Manager: Jason Brisbois, University of Alberta Water Initiative • Student Assistant to Greg Goss: Stefanie Kletke, University of Alberta • Lead Investigator for Operating Practices: Dr. Daniel Alessi, University of Alberta • Student Assistant: Ashkan Zolfaghari Sharak, University of Alberta • Lead Investigator for Stakeholder Concerns: Dr. Joel Gehman, University of Alberta • Student Assistant: Yvette Thompson, University of Alberta • Student Assistant: Kailun Hong, Technische Universitat, Munchen, Germany (located at the University of Alberta for this project) • Lead Investigator for Regulatory Policies: Dr. Diana Allen, Simon Fraser University • Student Assistant: Chelsea Notte, Simon Fraser University Unconventional Wastewater Management A comparative review and analysis of hydraulic fracturing wastewater management practices across four North American basins
  2. 2. Hydraulic Fracturing Unconventional Wastewater Management ADVISORY GROUP • New Brunswick Energy Institute Annie Daigle: Executive Director • BCOil and Gas Commission James O’Hanley: Deputy Commissioner Resource Development • WaterSmart Dave Guichon • Alberta Energy Regulator Kevin Parks: Vice President Science and Evaluation • Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Edith Vanderpuye: Section Head, Water Resource Coordination, Water Policy Branch • Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada Tannis Such: Director, Environmental Research Initiatives • Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources Kevin Heffernan: President • University of Alberta PhD Uof A Engineering Dr. Rick Chalaturnyk: Professor of Geotechnical Engineering • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Zoe Thomas: Water Manager • Encana Lindsay Stephens: P.Eng. (Gov Relations) • Duke University Avner Vengosh: Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences FOR MORE INFORMATION University of Alberta Water Initiative G-222 Biological Sciences Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9 (780) 492-5526 water@ualberta.ca water.ualberta.ca @Ualbertawater

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