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Dancing with the data in the Pennsylvania gas patch

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By Bruce Baizel

November 5, 2012

A string of recent reports and papers have brought to the forefront the value of having publicly accessible, complete and accurate information about gas development. 

First, there was the Duke University team that found apparent migration of substantial amounts of methane from gas wells to private water wells as far out as 1000m in the Marcellus play in Pennsylvania.


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Water and Shale Gas: Increased demand and decreased availability

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By Bruce Baizel

October 12, 2012

Increased demand and decreased availability are pushing water quantity to the forefront of public discussion.

The main variable for the volume of water used in fracking is the geology of the basin being fracked. 

What do we know about actual volumes of water used in different states to frack the shale formations?  Very little, until recently, when a number of states began requiring that water volumes used in hydraulic fracturing operations be reported on the FracFocus website.  Colleagues of mine just recently collected the data reported there.


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