Shale Sympsium April 21-22, 2017

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Brochure on CLEAR and Unconventional Drilling


The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) is a consortium of academic and industrial partners dedicated to understanding the relationship between environmental quality and industrial processes, including the advancement of solutions for remediation needs. Current efforts include an objective assessment of the potential impact of unconventional oil and gas extraction on environmental parameters, including water, air, and soil. To aid in this goal, advanced analytical methods using state-of-the-art instrumentation and resources at The University of Texas at Arlington are applied. The methods allow both the determination of chemical components in environmental samples and the development and advancement of remediation techniques. Comprehensive data analysis is key to validation and reporting of laboratory efforts. CLEAR is a collection science and engineering expertise. We continue to seek additional affiliates, and the collection and distribution of support to carry out our purpose.

Unconventional oil and gas extraction, a current primary focus of CLEAR, includes the processes of: horizontal drilling; hydraulic fracturing (commonly, but not properly, referred to as fracking or fracing); underground injection wells and disposal ponds for waste disposal; and shale acidization. All of these processes are of interest to CLEAR because of their involvement of hazardous chemicals. The teams of scientists at CLEAR are currently testing surface water, groundwater, air, and soil samples in area where unconventional oil and gas extraction is currently in use. No others groups are working in this space in a similarly comprehensive manner.

CLEAR is currently seeking donations to fund future testing and projects to expand the current understanding of how hydraulic fracturing and other industrial processes can potentially affect our natural environment and human health. CLEAR is currently seeking additional affiliates to add expertise to its efforts. Collectively, support is used to further a variety of established and expanding environmental analysis and remediation efforts

All scientists at CLEAR take a non-biased approach to data collection and interpretation to provide industry entities, municipalities, conservation groups and the general public with reliable data so that they can make more informed decisions.

Analytical chemist at UTA places well water samples in chromatography machine in the CLEAR center. Ground water samples from Barnett shale stored in refrigerators at UT Arlington University of Texas at Arlington scientists evaluate water samples taken near fraking sites. Dr. Kevin Schug in the new Shimatzu laboratory at the University of Texas at Arlington Dr. Zac Hildabrand prepares to analyze well water samples from Barnett shale Water samples from the Barnett Shale taken from ground water wells near fraking sites. Water samples from the Cline Shale taken from drinking water wells close to fracing sites. Dr. Hildabrand stands near horizontal drilling site while heavy traffic and loud noises and chemical smells fill the air. heavy industrial equipment moving in and out of fracing site. Fraced well pad near downtown Fort Worth Texas Jeff Williams, MFA, of Brand Spells films for the University of Texas at Arlington’s new Consolidated Laboratory of Environmental Analysis and Remediation. Signs posted on gates of fracking pad near Fort Worth Texas. Natural Gas storage tanks at fraced pad site in Texas. Water collection preparation to test ground water near fracing job. Scientists at CLEAR field testing well water just 600 feet from a fraced gas well. CLEAR scientists smells methane in water sample taken form well water close to horizontal drilling pad. advanced in field water testing instrument shows elevated ph and salts in well water from the Barnett shale CLEAR scientists testing well water in Texas near unconventional gas drilling site. University of Texas at Arlington scientists take notes at every water well tested. Dr. Zac Hildabrand explains how deep shale methane can potentially mix with well water to cause a bad smell and set water on fire.