Published Scientific Papers
The study's individual research projects will be published as peer reviewed journal articles or as EPA reports that undergo peer review by external technical experts. The papers will support the draft assessment report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The following is a list of papers published to date. Additional papers will be posted as they are published.
EPA estimates 1 additional report will come out of the Laboratory Studies projects.
Analytical Method Development
- “Characterization of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of acrylamide in complex environmental samples”
Patrick DeArmond and Amanda DiGoregorio. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. May 2013.
- “Rapid liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry-based method for the analysis of alcohol ethoxylates and alkylphenol ethoxylates in environmental samples”
Patrick DeArmond and Amanda DiGoregorio. Journal of Chromatography A. August 2013.
- The Verification of a Method for Detecting and Quantifying Diethylene Glycol, Triethylene Glycol, Tetraethylene Glycol, 2-Butoxyethanol and 2-Methoxyethanol in Ground and Surface Waters Brian A. Schumacher and Lawrence Zintek. EPA Report. July 2014.
- Development of Rapid Radiochemical Method for Gross Alpha and Gross Beta Activity Concentration in Flowback and Produced Waters from Hydraulic Fracturing Operations Schumacher et al. EPA Report. July 2014.
Source Apportionment Studies
EPA estimates up to 6 additional journal articles or reports will come out of the Scenario Evaluation projects.
Subsurface Migration Modeling
- “Modeling of fault reactivation and induced seismicity during hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reservoirs”
Rutqvist et al. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. July 2013.
- “Development of the T+M coupled flow-geomechanical simulator to describe fracture propagation and coupled flow-thermal-geomechanical processes in tight/shale gas systems”
Jihoon Kim and George Moridis. Computers and Geosciences. October 2013.
- “The RealGas and RealGasH2O options of the TOUGH+ code for the simulation of coupled fluid and heat flow in tight/shale gas systems”
George Moridis and Craig M. Freeman. Computers and Geosciences. October 2013.
"Gas Flow Tightly Coupled to Elastoplastic Geomechanics for Tight and Shale Gas Reservoirs: Material Failure and Enhanced Permeability" Jihoon Kim and George Moridis. Society of Petroleum Engineers. Accepted for publication in April 2013.
"MeshVoro: A three-dimensional Voronoi mesh building tool for the TOUGH family of codes" Freeman et al. Computers and Geosciences. Accepted for publication May 2014.
Surface Water Modeling
Water Availability Modeling
Analysis of Existing Data
EPA estimates up to 5 reports will come out of the Analysis of Existing Data projects.
Spills Database Analysis
Service Company Data Analysis
Well File Review
EPA estimates 1 additional report will come out of the Toxicity Assessment project.
EPA estimates 5 reports will come out of the Case Studies projects.