The USGS is developing methods for quantifying water requirements for hydraulic fracturing, based on USGS petroleum assessment methods.  We combine probabilistic inputs with a Monte Carlo approach in order to determine bounded estimates for possible future water use.  We link these values with regional water budgets to provide information for decision makers and planners in the private and public sectors.  Our methods are intended to be robust and applicable to any shale petroleum system, and our first study is focused on the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana.  

This year’s Solving Water Problems in Oil and Gas Production GTW has a truly stellar slate of presentations – all of which allow you time to ask questions, discuss, and learn. Space is limited, so sign up today. Don’t miss this amazing speaker and presentation our Solving Water Problems in Oil and Gas Production – Fort Worth, TX, February 26-27, 2013!

Seth Haines received his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1997, and M.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from Stanford University’s Geophysics Department.  His dissertation research was focused on the development of seismoelectric methods for near-surface applications.  He joined the USGS in 2005 and has been studying and developing multicomponent seismic methods for characterization of aquifers, faults, and gas hydrates.  He is presently developing methods to quantify water requirements associated with hydraulic fracturing, built from USGS petroleum assessment methods.

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