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Environmental Engineering seminar: Hydrocarbons in groundwater overlying oil and gas production area

Friday, November 10, 2017, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Speaker

Peter McMahon

USGS

Location:

SEEC room N124

Full title

Hydrocarbons in groundwater overlying oil and gas production areas in the Central and Western U.S.

Abstract

During the past 10 years, the USGS has conducted studies of groundwater quality in several oil and gas production areas in the central and western U.S. that represent a range of play types and development histories. Study areas include recently developed unconventional plays in areas with little or no previous hydrocarbon development (Fayetteville Shale, AR), recently developed unconventional plays in areas with long histories of hydrocarbon development (Bakken [MT, ND], Eagle Ford [TX], Haynesville [LA, TX] Shales), and conventional and unconventional plays with long histories of development (Belridge, Fruitvale, and Lost Hills oil fields, CA; Piceance Basin, CO). This talk will compare some of the types of hydrocarbons detected in groundwater and factors affecting their occurrence in the various play areas.

Bio

Peter McMahon is a Research Hydrologist in the USGS Colorado Water Science Center. He spent the first eight years of his USGS career in the South Carolina Water Science Center where he also earned his Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He has more than 30 years of experience conducting groundwater-quality studies across the United States. He is currently collaborating on energy-related groundwater studies in California, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Audience

Free and open to the public.