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Last Call for Abstracts

2016 UIC Conference Abstracts Due November 20

The 2016 UIC Conference, Feb. 23-25 in Denver, will feature the latest information about underground injection control. We cover UIC topics from both a technical and regulatory perspective including the most recent changes to state and federal requirements and guidance. At the UIC Conference you will have a chance to talk to regulatory officials from both state and federal government as well as people from the oil and gas, chemical, uranium mining and other industries who utilize UIC wells on a daily basis. 
Online Registration Now Open. For more information, visit www.gwpc.org/events or contact Ben Grunewald at ben@gwpc.org. Abstract requirements can be found online or by downloading the form here.

Headlines

An Environmental Perspective on Risk Management and Water

(Editorial by Scott Anderson, Environmental Defense Fund, for Society of Petroleum Engineers)
There is no denying that the oil and gas industry, as well as the agencies that regulate its activities, have significantly improved many aspects of environmental performance in recent years. Standards and practices have changed, in some cases drastically, leading to risk reductions in a number of areas.

Despite this progress, there is always more to be done to identify and manage risks associated with oil and gas development. As industry continues to evolve through technical advances, so should leading practices and regulations. This is particularly important given that the broader public is increasingly aware of and concerned about potential impacts on the environment and their communities from development, especially where those impacts involve water. Fortunately, improved understanding of risks and newly emerging risk control options make continual improvement possible. | Full Article
 

USGS to Award $2 million in Cooperative Agreements to Support the National Ground Water Monitoring Network 

The USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information’s (ACWI) Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) to develop and administer the NGWMN. The NGWMN is designed as a cooperative groundwater data collection, management, and reporting system that will be based on data from selected wells in existing federal, state, tribal, and local groundwater monitoring networks. The network is envisioned as a long-term collaborative partnership among federal and non-federal data providers that will help address present and future groundwater management questions facing the nation.

Cooperative agreements will provide support for both new and existing data providers in the NGWMN. The USGS will fund new data providers to select and classify sites within existing monitoring programs, to set up web services that will link the data to the NGWMN Portal, and to produce a report describing this process. Existing data providers will receive funds to maintain web services and keep site information current. Information about the cooperative agreements is available on the NGWMN Cooperative Agreements page.


Interested agencies may apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding opportunity number G16AS00008. Applications will be accepted from November 16, 2015 through January 19, 2016. 

Two webinars are scheduled to review the application package and answer any questions about the opportunity. These are scheduled for December 1st at 2 pm EST and December 8th at 1 pm EST. Registration for the webinars is required. After your registration is accepted, you will receive meeting information. You may register for the webinars at:

December 1st
https://usgs.webex.com/usgs/j.php?RGID=r3e8551da16b8fd2f966ca1fab6e577bb

December 8th
https://usgs.webex.com/usgs/j.php?RGID=re7d637eb23fa127b87846fcc85ccca9d


Experts Recommend Modeling To Avoid Earthquakes Resulting From Fracking

(ECN Magazine)

Using computer analysis prior to drilling could limit seismic events as a result of hydraulic fracturing, according to new research published in theCanadian Geotechnical Journal.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking", is used to break the subsurface rock mass into pieces and is done by injecting high-pressure fluid. While this gives the fluid or gas more paths to reach production wells, it also leads to several environmental problems, one of which is the unwanted shaking of the ground structures caused by the movement of large faults. Evaluating the seismic effects of fracking before drilling is particularly important as many Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) or hydrocarbon extraction operations occur in tight rock masses and in close vicinity to fault zones. New research published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal addresses the issue of unwanted seismic events by proposing a numerical modeling process to evaluate the effects of hydraulic fracturing prior to drilling. | Full Article

 

Study Identifies the Source of Organics in Shallow Groundwater in NE Pennsylvania to Not Be From Deep Migration of Fluids From Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus Shale

(PNAS)

The study, "Elevated levels of diesel range organic compounds in groundwater near Marcellus gas operations are derived from surface activities," is published in the October 27 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study concludes that the very low concentrations of organics in the shallow drinking water aquifers of the study area of northeast Pennsylvania are from surface spills of hydraulic fracturing fluids, and not migration of fluids from depth. The study was conducted by researchers from numerous universities and research organizations: Yale University, Duke University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Helmholtz Zentrum München, and Northeast University. From 64 groundwater samples, trace levels of volatile organic compounds were identified.  Specific analysis identified an organic compound which is commonly used in high volume hydraulic fracturing fluids of the Marcellus Shale in this part of the play in Northeast Pennsylvania, but not common in shallow groundwater of the region. Using inorganic chemical fingerprinting of the deep brines, characteristics of noble gas isotopes, and analysis of spatial relationships to known releases of hydraulic fracturing fluids and hydraulic fracturing operations, the source of the trace organics in shallow groundwater is most likely surface releases or leaks of hydraulic fracturing chemicals, and not deep migration of fluids from the Marcellus shale. | Full Article

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GWPC UIC Conference
Denver, CO
February 23-25, 2016

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