Accession Number : ADA613061


Title :   Evaluation of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Plays for Potential Impact on USACE-Managed Waterways


Descriptive Note : Technical note


Corporate Author : ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS VICKSBURG MS ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Medina, Victor F ; Suedel, Burton


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a613061.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 11


Abstract : A recent study entitled Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater Disposal on Water Quality in Western Pennsylvania by Warner et al. (2013) established that discharges of treated fluids from hydraulic fracturing operations (hydrofracturing or fracking) to increase petrochemical (natural gas and petroleum) production resulted in elevated environmental contamination in the form of dissolved ions (chloride and bromide). The discharges also resulted in naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM, primarily radium) in both water and sediments. This study, which was conducted in Pennsylvania in production areas associated with the Marcellus Shale, has raised concerns that fracking operations could impact waterways managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The purpose of this study was to investigate known areas of fracking to evaluate any areas where impacts could occur. The study was conducted on two scales: first, over the area of the contiguous lower 48 states, and second, on the Marcellus Shale region, which was a more focused evaluation.


Descriptors :   *WATERWAYS , ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , GREAT LAKES , PETROLEUM INDUSTRY , RISK , SHALE , UNITED STATES , WASTE WATER , WATER QUALITY


Subject Categories : Water Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE