Category Archive: Well integrity

Unconventional Oil and Gas Spills: Risks, Mitigation Priorities, and State Reporting Requirements

This study shows that available data prove between 2 and 16 percent of fracked wells have reported spills each year, with North Dakota reporting the most. Abstract: Rapid growth in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) has produced jobs, revenue, and energy, but also concerns over spills and environmental risks. We assessed spill data from 2005 …

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Spatial Risk Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing near Abandoned and Converted Oil and Gas Wells

This analysis shows that abandoned oil and gas wells – some of them converted into water wells – can be intersected by multiple stimulated reservoirs, and risks for intersection would increase if currently permitted horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford Shale are actually completed. Abstract Interaction between hydraulically generated fractures and existing wells (frac hits) …

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Shale Gas Production in England – an updated public health assessment

Medact released in July 2016 an updated assessment of the potential health impacts of shale fracking in England.  This new report reaches broadly the same conclusions as our 2015 report Health and Fracking, however it is now supported by a much larger body of evidence published in the year since the first report was produced.  In the …

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Groundwater methane in relation to oil and gas development and shallow coal seams in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado

Example of a wellbore failure (Graphic: Sherwood et al., PNAS 2016)

Abstract: Unconventional oil and gas development has generated intense public concerns about potential impacts to groundwater quality. Specific pathways of contamination have been identified; however, overall rates of contamination remain ambiguous. We used an archive of geochemical data collected from 1988 to 2014 to determine the sources and occurrence of groundwater methane in the Denver-Julesburg …

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Influence of Hydraulic Fracturing on Overlying Aquifers in the Presence of Leaky Abandoned Wells

Abandoned oil and gas wells in the vicinity of frac operations or fracked wells might be leaky or become so due to intersecting cracks or high pressure of fracked wells nearby, this study shows. The potential impact of leaks on overlying groundwater tables is explored by numerical models, based on historical records and available industry …

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Fugitive emissions from the Bakken shale illustrate role of shale production in global ethane shift

Ethane is one of the most abundant, powerful greenhouse gases. This study found out that The Bakken shale in North Dakota accounted for 1-3% total global ethane emissions in 2014 These findings highlight the importance of shale production in global atmospheric ethane shift These emissions impact air quality and influence interpretations of recent global methane …

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Endocrine disrupting activities of surface water associated with an oil and gas industry wastewater disposal site

Because of key data gaps that exist in understanding the potential impact of underground injection of hydraulic fracturing wastewater on surface water quality and environmental health the goal of this study was to assess endocrine disrupting activity in surface water at a West Virginia injection well disposal site. Compared to reference water extracts upstream and …

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