Webinar to look at findings from study of oil, gas water-disposal-pit emissions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The findings of the Upper Green River Basin disposal pit emission study and their relevance to air quality impacts from Pennsylvania's shale gas industry will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The presentation, from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, will highlight the investigation done by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. That agency's air quality division looked at emissions in the Upper Green River Basin from August 2015 to March 2016, conducting an air-quality study near large water-disposal ponds used for oil and gas operations.

The goal of the study was to develop a model for predicting air emissions using routine water-sampling results instead of direct air-concentration measurements. The water-quality samples from the ponds have been used to develop a model for predicting average annual emissions based on readily available site-specific information without the need for long-term air monitoring.

The webinar will be presented by Richard Bowers, a project engineer with GSI Environmental, the prime investigator on the Wyoming study. He will discuss concerns associated with oil field waste disposal pond emissions; the approach, key observations and findings of the study; and model applications.

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage. More information is available on the website or by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. The next webinar, "Wind and Natural Gas as Energy Partners," will be offered on Sept. 15. It will be presented by Michael Slattery, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics, such as Act 13; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated August 19, 2016