1st Edition

Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts and Technologies A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Edited By Venki Uddameri, Audra Morse, Kay J. Tindle Copyright 2016
    312 Pages 96 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts and Technologies: A Multidisciplinary Perspective serves as an introduction to hydraulic fracturing and provides balanced coverage of its benefits and potential negative effects. Presenting a holistic assessment of hydraulic fracturing and its environmental impacts, this book chronicles the history and development of unconventional oil and gas production and describes the risks associated with the use of these technologies. More specifically, it addresses hydraulic fracturing’s use and dependence on large amounts of water as a fracturing medium. It examines the limits of reusing flowback and produced water, explores cost-effective ways to clean or effectively dispose of water used in fracturing, and provides suggestions for the efficient use, discovery, and recycle potential of non-potable water. Utilizing a team of experts from industry and academia, the text provides readers with a multiple lens approach—incorporating various perspectives and solutions surrounding this evolving technology.

    This book:

    • Leads with an overview of hydraulic fracturing operations and technologies
    • Considers a variety of legal issues associated with hydraulic fracturing
    • Summarizes human health and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing operations
    • Discusses the analytes chosen by researchers as possible indicators of groundwater contamination from unconventional drilling processes
    • Presents strategies for reducing the freshwater footprint of hydraulic fracturing
    • Discusses water treatment technologies and solutions to recycle and reuse produced waters, and more

    Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts and Technologies: A Multidisciplinary Perspective brings together experts from disciplines that include petroleum, civil, and environmental engineering; environmental sciences chemistry toxicology; law; media; and communications; and provides readers with a multidisciplinary outlook and unbiased, scientifically credible solutions to issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing operations.

    Overview of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations and Technologies; George E. King

    Economic Impact of the Permian Basin’s Oil and Gas Industry; Bradley T. Ewing, Marshall C. Watson, Terry McInturff, and Russell N. McInturff

    From Property Rights to Endangered Species: Legal Issues Surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing; William R. Keffer, J. Randall Miller, J. Berton Fisher, Taylor Stevenson, Jeff Garrett, Adrianne Waddell, and Kyle Cook

    Looking into the Crystal Ball: Potential New EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Rules Impacting Unconventional Oil and Gas Production from Shale Plays; Ron Truelove

    Commentary on Health and Environmental Risks from Hydraulic Fracturing; David Klein, Jennifer Knaack, and Audra Morse

    Health and Environment Risks from Oil and Gas Development; Anne C. Epstein

    Addressing Concerns about Impacts from Unconventional Drilling Using Advanced Analytical Chemistry; Doug D. Carlton Jr., Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Brian E. Fontenot, and Kevin A. Schug

    Water Availability in the Permian Basin Region of West Texas; Venkatesh Uddameri, and Danny Reible,

    Reuse and Recycling of Flowback and Produced Waters; John H. Williams, Danny Reible, Roxana Darvari, Tony Vercellino, and Audra Morse

    Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on Transportation Infrastructure; Sanjaya Senadheera

    GIS-Based Assessment of Wastewater Disposal Impacts in Permian Basin, Texas; Elma Annette Hernandez, Sreeram Singaraju, Abdullah Karim, Jorge Ruiz de Viñaspre, and Venkatesh Uddameri

    Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing Guar Production in the United States to Support Unconventional Oil and Gas Production; Noureddine Abidi, Sumedha Liyanage, Dick Auld, Robert K. Imel, Lewis Norman, Kulbhushan Grover, Sangu Angadi, Sudhir Singla, and Calvin Trostle

    Characterization of the Properties of Guar Gum to Improve Hydraulic Fracturing Efficiencies; Noureddine Abidi and Sumedha Liyanage

    Communicating Fracturing Impacts and Technologies: Assessment, Public Understanding, and Theoretical Linkages; Shawna White, Glenn Cummins, Melanie Sarge, and Erik P. Bucy

    Multidisciplinary Teams as Mechanisms of Accountability: Neutralizing the Emotions and Politics of Hydraulic Fracturing Research; Kay J. Tindle, Daniel Marangoni, and Anna Thomas Young


    Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri, PhD, P.E. is a professor and director of the Water Resources Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech University, Lubbock. He has research interests in groundwater modeling, sustainable water resources management, conjunctive surface water–groundwater interactions, water–energy nexus, decision support systems for water resources planning, and climate change. Dr. Uddameri completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Osmania University, India, and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering, respectively, from the University of Maine.

    Dr. Audra Morse, PE, PhD, is the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Whitacre College of Engineering (WCOE) and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech University. She leads the Engineering Opportunities Center, which provides retention, placement, and academic support services to WCOE students. Her professional experience is focused on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems, membrane filtration, and the fate of personal products in treatment systems.

    Kay J. Tindle, MEd, is the director of the Research Development Team in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock. In this role, she links faculty researchers with regional, state, and national partners to further develop collaborative teams to advance and achieve the strategic goals championed by the university. Among other initiatives, she works with the leader of TTU’s Unconventional Production Technology and Environmental Consortium (UpTec), a multidisciplinary, collaborative research group that focuses on hydraulic fracturing research. Kay is currently pursuing a PhD in higher education research at TTU.

    "… this book highlights the need to integrate analysis of technologies with environmental and societal impact considerations… for the professionals working within the industry, it also emphasizes what issues need to be addressed, and how those issues should be addressed, in order to potentially convince the public and policy makers that fracture stimulation can be used safely without risking environmental damage, public health issues and overuse/contamination of precious water resources."
    —Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 2016