2011 Unconventional Resources

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Gas Shale Development: Advanced Analytical Methods for Air and Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization

Subcontractor: GSI Environmental Inc.

Principal Investigator: John Connor
Project Number Project Status
11122-45 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: David Cercone
Texas A&M IRNR, Texas A&M GPRI, HARC, Universal Geoscience, Echelon Applied Geosciences, Moody & Associates, Weatherford Isotech, Eurofins Lancaster, Accutest, PADEP Bureau of Labs, Ohio DNR, Ohio State University, GWPC, Texas RRC, Kentucky Geological Survey, and Cabot Oil & Gas
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
June 25, 2013 August 31, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$4,679,319.00 $3,675,470.00 $953,142.00
Project Objectives

GSI Environmental Inc. and its partners at Texas A&M University assembled a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, researchers, industry, government, and regulatory representatives to evaluate current sampling methodologies and analytical technologies, conduct field trials in multiple shale plays and develop recommended practices for:

Baseline Sampling for Dissolved Methane: Development of recommendations for improved sample collection and data interpretation for pre-drill and post-drill sampling programs, based on an improved understanding of the variability associated with sampling methodology and temporal factors.

Advanced Analytical Air Monitoring: Development of a protocol for measurement of air emissions from production facilities and open impoundments using an Open Path Fourier Transform Infrared (OP-FTIR) spectrometer, integrated meteorological sensors and an optical imaging camera.

Produced Water Characterization: Evaluation of innovative analytical technologies for on-site analysis of key chemical and microbial constituents in produced water to facilitate cost-effective reuse, treatment, and/or disposal of flowback/produced water. 

RPSEA Project Fact Sheet: Download 114.0 KB
File Type Date
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Gas Shale Development: Advanced Analytical Methods for Air And Stray Gas Emissions and Produced Brine Characterization ( 195.8 KB ) Technology Status Assessment 09/13
Reducing The Environmental Impact Of Shale Gas Development Avanced Analytical Methods For Air and Stray Gas Emissons and Produced Brine Characterization ( 10.0 MB ) Final Report 09/16
Open Path Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer: WDEQ Case Study ( 878.2 KB ) Supporting Document 08/16
Produced Water Fact Sheets:Bacteria, Organics & Oils, and Water Quality ( 440.6 KB ) Supporting Document 08/16
Air Emissions Protocol: Measurement of Ambient Air Emissions at Oil and Gas Sites ( 578.3 KB ) Supporting Document 09/16
Baseline Groundwater Chemistry Assessment:Sampling KGS Case Study ( 578.6 KB ) Supporting Document 09/16
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