Wastewaters from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

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The Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory (RBPGL) is assessing the potential risks to human and ecosystem health associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) development.

The Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory is conducting research aimed at assessing the potential risks to human and ecosystem health associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) development. There is a critical need to understand the composition of the range of fluids and solids generated during UOG development, to identify potential pathways to the environment, and to evaluate potential effects on ecosystems and receptor organisms from exposure to these wastes. The overall objective of this research is to understand potential impacts of UOG-generated wastes on water resources and environmental health. In order to achieve these objectives, we are conducting research in priority areas focused on the most important environmental pathways and greatest potential environmental impacts. Our research activities will be coordinated with ongoing studies within USGS on issues related to energy development and use.