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Media Advisory: WVU presenting findings from shale gas field lab

CANONSBURG, Pa. — MEDIA ADVISORY:  WVU to present findings from shale gas field lab near Morgantown at new oil and gas workshop; also features “best of” environmental research on shale gas resources

What:  A new oil and gas workshop entitled “Appalachian Basin Technology” will present updates of environmental research on hydraulic fracturing, which includes three experimental well site laboratories (one science well and two production wells) by West Virginia University, the Ohio State University and others.

When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317

Workshop Sponsors: The WVU Petroleum Technology Transfer Council’s Appalachian Region (PTTC) and the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for American (RPSEA)

Note: Dr. Doug Patchen, PTTC director, will be available for media interviews at the workshop at noon.

Background:  The three hydraulic fracturing well site experiments received major funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory and industry. to monitor and research fracturing technology for shale gas utilization with the goal of reducing the environmental footprint of these wells.

  • Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the WV Water Research Institute, will give an environmental research update on the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory (MSEEL) near Morgantown, WV.  Zachary Arnold, general manager – operations, Northeast Natural Energy, will give an operations update for the same drill site.
  • Dr. Jeff Daniels, director, Utica Shale Energy and Environmental Lab, the Ohio State University, will discuss environmental research on the Utica Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Field Test (USEEL).
  • Jordan Ciezobka, Gas Technology Institute, will discuss West Texas Permian basin research resulting in lessons learned that can be applied to all fracturing operations, including those in the Appalachian basin.

Additional research to be presented includes:

  • modeling stress measurements in the Marcellus Shale,
  • brine disposal in the northern Appalachian basin,
  • water handling and enhanced productivity from gas shales, and
  • guidance for water sampling for development of shale oil and gas plays.

The PTTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.


Contact: Tracy Novak; WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy
304.293.6928; [email protected]

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