2011 Unconventional Resources

Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin

Subcontractor: Battelle Memorial Institute

Principal Investigator: Joel Sminchak
Project Number Project Status
11122-73 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Joe Renk
Participants
Kentucky Geological Survey; NSI Technologies; Ohio Division of Geological Survey; Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey; West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey; Ohio Oil Gathering Corporation
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
April 1, 2013 October 31, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$2,336,991.00 $1,810,651.00 $502,970.00
Project Objectives

The overall objective of this project is to develop a geologic and operational framework for brine disposal in the Northern Appalachian Basin so that the produced fluids from unconventional onshore resource exploitation can be disposed safety and economically. Growth in shale gas production and associated brine and flowback water disposal needs has led to significant current and projected demand for brine disposal wells in the Appalachian Basin. Addressing this demand in a safe and economically viable manner requires a systematic framework for managing fluids disposal in the Northern Appalachian Basin. This project addresses a crucial need of unconventional oil and gas production by assessing the geologic and reservoir management aspects, conducting source-sink analysis to predict the future capacity for brine disposal in the region, and providing guidance for operators, gas producers, regulators, and public stakeholders.

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Reports
File Type Date
Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin ( 186.6 KB ) Quarterly Progress Report #10 10/15
Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin ( 18.7 MB ) Final Report 10/15
Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin ( 608.1 KB ) Quarterly Progress Report #9 07/15
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