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ASTM workshop on hydraulic fracturing

August 7th, 2014 / By: / Industry News

Abstracts and case studies invited for January event in New Orleans

In an Aug. 6 press release, ASTM International Subcommittees D18.26 on Hydraulic Fracturing and D19.09 on Water: Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, are inviting abstracts for consideration for presentations at a workshop: “Water quality monitoring and environmental characterization related to hydraulic fracturing activities.”

The release said that this workshop will take place Jan. 28, 2015, at the Sheraton New Orleans in conjunction with ASTM’s biannual committee standards development meetings Jan. 28–30, including ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics.

The press release offered a brief description of hydraulic fracturing: “… is a process often used to enhance hydrocarbon extraction from shale formations. During this process, a water solution containing proppant and chemicals is injected into the formation to open existing fractures or create new fractures. These fractures increase the effective surface area in contact with the formation and improve the rate of hydrocarbon extraction.”

This workshop will educate the audience with insights and presentations from industry leaders regarding technology and methods to ensure environmental protection and risk assessment, according to the release.

The workshop will focus on technologies and best practices for conducting site characterizations and monitoring related to hydraulic fracturing. Case studies related to the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Environmental modeling and risk assessment
  • Brine remediation and management
  • Emerging environmental contaminants
  • Stray gas investigations
  • Water recycling and processing technologies
  • Radiation monitoring of cuttings, flowback, and produced waters
  • Assessing baseline supply well yield and diminished yield investigations
  • Geologic investigations for aquifer characterization and migration risks
  • Monitoring of impoundments for leakage of gas or water

Titles and abstracts (limit 300 words) to Jeffrey Hale or Richard Jack by Sept. 30, 2014; selections finalized by Oct. 31.

For registration, fees, and more information vist the ASTM www.astm.org/D18_D19WrkshpJan2015

Source: ASTM

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