How to get a handle on potential risks posed by fracking fluids


Water Protection, Operations

The latest skirmishes over hydraulic fracturing in Florida and California are, at their core, about water. Many fracking-related spills have been recorded, and opponents say that such incidents pose unacceptable threats to water supplies. But the[...]read more

Traffic-related environmental impacts of hydraulic-fracturing operations



Fracking operations require large numbers of vehicles, particularly in the first months of operation during well pad construction and drilling. Throughout a well's lifetime, vehicles may be needed for transport of fracking fluids, construction[...]read more

Shale gas exploration in Poland declared safe: English translation


Water Protection, Induced Seismicity, Climate Impact, Operations

The report “The environment and shale gas exploration Results of studies on the soil-water environment, ambient air, acoustic, climate, process fluids and wastes" which was commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Environment and published in[...]read more

New study shows poor well integrity is responsible for water contamination in some shale gas regions of the US


Water Protection, Operations

The origin of methane found in private water wells in shale gas regions of the US has been discussed for many years. Several possibilities or mechanisms have been suggested, such as 1) in situ naturally generated methane (e.g. in peat and/or swamp[...]read more

New numbers on well integrity failures


Water Protection, Operations

The biggest environmental concern with shale gas exploration and production is water contamination. Whether or not hydraulic fracturing causes methane contamination of drinking water remains to be proved (Davies, 2011), although the possibility[...]read more

American oil and natural gas industry association issues unconventional production community engagement standard


Operations, Generic

On July 9, 2014, the American Petroleum Institute (API) published a first-of-its-kind industry standard for community engagement in areas of the country where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy development[...]read more

New expert for unconventional gas resources


Generic, Operations

Mathias Mitschanek is a PhD. candidate at the Montan University Leoben, Austria, at the department for Deep Drilling Technique. His current research project is modeling a shale gas field development using system dynamics and predictive analysis[...]read more

Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) Certification and Verification Program Opens for Business


Generic, Operations

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced its[...]read more

Guidelines for unconventional gas development


Operations, Generic

The International Risk Governance Council* (IRGC) published guidelines for unconventional gas development. “In this report, the IRGC examines the risks and benefits of UGD [unconventional gas development] and offers some risk governance[...]read more

Regulatory roadmap for onshore oil and gas exploration in the UK


Operations, Generic

In December, 2013 the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published a regulation and best practice roadmap for operators of onshore oil and gas (shale gas) exploration in the UK. “The content is primarily for unconventional oil and gas[...]read more

Fracking without water


Operations, Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing uses water – a lot of water; although the amount of water needed to frack a well is significantly less than the amount needed for some other uses, e.g. production and treatment of coal. Driven in part by the criticism over the[...]read more

Good industry practice in shale gas operations



Two ‘Best Practice’ guides were published earlier this year: the first by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a global provider of risk management knowledge, and the second by the UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), the representative body for the UK onshore[...]read more

Scientists publish recommendations for hydraulic fracturing in Germany


Operations, Hydraulic Fracturing

On April 25, 2012, in Osnabrück, Germany, an extended summary version of “Risikostudie Fracking” (study of fracking risks) was presented during the final conference of ExxonMobil´s “information and dialogue process on the potential risks and[...]read more

Polish study: hydraulic fracturing safe for the environment


Operations, Water Protection

A study initiated by the Polish Ministry of the Environment concluded that no negative impact on soil, air or water occurs when exploration of shale gas is conducted in accordance with Polish legislation. The investigation accompanied hydraulic[...]read more

First workshop of Unconventional Gas Research Initiative (UGRI), Delft



The first UGRI Workshop was held on December 9, 2011 in Delft. The workshop focused on the dialog with E&P professionals and knowledge partners on the technology challenges that need innovative solutions for environmentally safe and profitable[...]read more

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