Earlier this year, officials with WVU’s Department of Community Medicine and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (“NETL”) announced that they were monitoring air and other environmental impacts of shale gas production in Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania. According to information provided by WVU and NETL, officials are conducting ambient air quality monitoring in Washington County and are targeting measurements of air emissions during well development and production activities. WVU’s Department of Community Medicine has stated that the new monitors measure particulates and gases like methane. In addition, NETL has announced that it is: investigating methods for detecting unwanted migration of production fluids from on-site tanks and pits using electromagnetic surveys; monitoring the vertical growth of fractures during hydraulic fracturing; and intend to assess the potential linkage between hydraulic fracturing and seismic events. Links to their respective announcements follow: “WVU Develops Marcellus Shale Air Monitoring System” and “Monitoring of Air, Land, and Water Resources during Shale Gas Production.”
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