This project continues the GSI Environmental -Texas A&M Advanced Analytics research program funded since 2013 by RPSEA. High level comprehensive analytical test programs have established to address the needs of the upstream oil and gas industry. In cooperation with the Houston Advanced Research Center and Texas A&M University's Environmentally Friendly Drilling, the association provides specialized analytical techniques needed to monitor and manage oil field waste water systems. Information from that earlier effort is found in https://sites.google.com/site/amadvancedanalytics/home
This new A&M Advanced Analytics Roundtable continues the work of our earlier efforts and is focused on developing practical and cost-effective methods to address collectively three of the most important environmental risks associated with shale gas development. These risks, as expressed by legislators, regulatory agencies, and the general public; are a) potential emissions of volatile air contaminants from produced water impoundments, b) potential impacts of methane and other gases on groundwater resources, and c) ineffective treatment, disposal, or re-use of produced water due to insufficient analytical characterization.
GPRI was responsible for the technology development related to ( c), re-use of produced water. Shale gas development relies heavily on multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (HF) to maximize the economic viability of each new well. Industry is making a concerted effort both to recycle and re-use produced brine from fracturing operations and to use alternate water sources for well operations. Some experts foresee almost all produced brines being treated and reused within the next five years. Texas A&M GPRI has been one of the leaders in promoting new technology to reach these goals. In the past decade we have conducted a number of field trials in different shale plays a) to identify technologies and determine their effectiveness, b) to field test advanced monitoring and measurement techniques, and c) to integrate the technologies into one cost-effective program for the O&G industry.
This web site summarizes our research.