COLLOQUIUM: "The Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Extraction and Hydraulic Fracturing"
Shale gas extraction is growing rapidly, developed in large part through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Concerns over potential environmental impacts have accompanied the boom in natural gas extraction. For several years we have studied drinking water quality in the Marcellus formation, asking the question, “Is water quality different for homeowners living near natural gas wells?” We have also examined rates of methane leakage during the extraction and distribution of natural gas.
This talk will present current and new results in both areas. It will cover new results from our work in the Marcellus, including the first studies to examine a link between shale gas extraction and drinking water. I will also present data for methane leaks to the atmosphere based on new technologies for real-time methane measurements in the field. A unique, block by block map of pipeline leaks for the city of Boston will be one example.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2012-2013 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.