Water Resource Management for Shale Energy Development
This presentation will look at water resource management practices being utilized in shale energy development with a focus on the Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, which now has over 7000 shale wells and is the second-leading gas producing state in the country. Topics will include water sourcing, transport, storage, use, treatment and disposal as well as potential water quality impacts, such as methane migration, from drilling, fracturing, and production operations. Best management practices to protect water resources will also be covered in this presentation.
David Yoxtheimer, P.G. is a hydrogeologist and extension associate with Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and serves as a liaison to advise stakeholders on key environmental issues. He earned his B.S. in Earth Science from Penn State, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. in Geosciences. Previous to joining MCOR he spent 18 years as a consulting hydrogeologist with expertise in water supply development, karst hydrogeology, geophysical surveying, environmental permitting, shale energy geology, and integrated water resource management.