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Research Agenda

Topical Areas of Research & Development
  • Shallow Subsurface Environmental Issues Characterization & Management
  • Water & Solid Waste Management
  • Emissions Characterization & Mitigation
  • Long-term Strategic Management of Environmental Issues
  • Efficiency Improvements to Lower Costs & Minimize Environmental Impacts
  • Natural Gas Use for Economic & Environmental Improvement
  • Outreach & Workforce Development
 
Potential Projects
  • Shallow Subsurface Environmental Issues, Characterization, and Management
    > Baseline Water & Methane Concentrations & Variability & Mitigation
    > Historical/Abandoned Shallow Oil & Gas Wells & Water Wells  – Location & Management
    > Well Construction & Integrity Testing
    > Stray Gas Response, Characterization & Mitigation
    > Water Quality Characterization & Mitigation
    > Pipeline Construction & Integrity Testing

 

  • Water and Solid Waste Management
    > Life-cycle Management Planning of Water & Solid Wastes> Water Minimization
    > Water Sourcing, including Mine Water Use
    > Water Treatment & Disposal
    > NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Minerals)
    > Recycling & Beneficial Use of Wastes
    > Drill Cuttings Characterization & Mitigation

 

  • Emissions Characterization & Mitigation
    > Analysis & Characterization
    > Prevention & Mitigation

 

  • Long-term Strategic Management of Environmental Issues
    > Life-cycle Management Planning
    > GIS identification & Mapping of Infrastructure, Data Points & Sources
    > Minimizing Drilling, Access & Infrastructure Footprint
    > Well, Facilities & Pipeline Installation

 

  • Efficiency Improvements to Lower Costs & Minimize Environmental Impacts
    > Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments
    > Alternative (green) Treatment Fluids, Water Use Reduction, Additives & Proppants
    > Seismicity Modeling, Risk Assessment & Prevention for Disposal Wells & Hydraulic Fracturing

 

  • Natural Gas Use for Economic & Environmental Improvement
    > Well Field Applications
    > Transportation Applications
    > Storage Applications
    > Petrochemical Industry Impact
    > Expanded Consumer Demand
    > Liquids Recovery
    > Gas Processing & Cleanup
    > Gas-to-Liquids
    > LNG Issues

 

  • Outreach & Workforce Development
    > Education & Public Outreach
    > Career Training
    > Workforce Development
    > Metrics of Available Statistics & Information
    > Database of Industry R&D Efforts