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

Extreme interference (blowout) of frac job with an unknown abandoned well in Texas. (Photo credit: Antonio Ingraffea, 2010)

Extreme interference (blowout) of frac job with an unknown abandoned well in Texas. (Photo credit: Antonio Ingraffea, 2010)

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 data for the Eagle Ford Shale play in south Texas.

Bibliography:
Brownlow JW, James SC, Yelderman JC Jr
Influence of Hydraulic Fracturing on Overlying Aquifers in the Presence of Leaky Abandoned Wells.
Ground Water. 2016 May 3. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12431. [Epub ahead of print]

© 2016, National Ground Water Association.

PMID: 27144719

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