Oil and Gas
NIFA Northern Plains and Mountains Regional Water Program
The goal of the Northern Plains and Mountain Regional Water Program is to integrate water research, education, and extension resources of the land-grant universities and to partner with stakeholders to develop and deliver knowledge-based programs addressing protection and improvement of water resources. This website houses resources to provide you with general information regarding hydraulic fracturing, water quality testing guidelines, and frequently asked questions.
Colorado Water and Energy Research Center
Research group from Colorado studying the connections between water and energy resources. They have developed a guide for water well users titled ‘Monitoring Water Quality in Areas of Oil and Natural Gas Development’. The website has a picture slide show which walks you through the steps of collecting a water sample. This is all available online at: http://cwerc.colorado.edu/
FrackingSENSE lectures: http://vimeo.com/cuoutreach/videos
Start with "What we know and don't know about the risks of oil and natural gas development on water quality," by Joe Ryan, professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering at CU–Boulder. http://vimeo.com/69253030
Summary of Selected Studies Related to the Possible Effects of Energy Development
on Water Quantity, Water Quality and Ecosystems Conducted by USGS Water Science Centers,
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Wyoming DEQ is the state agency with jurisdiction over water and environmental quality. Their groundwater section has a webpage with well water sampling and hydraulic fracturing resources
DEQ Guideline: Sampling and Testing Water Wells in Areas of Oil and Gas Development
DEQ Guideline: Sampling and Testing Well Water Quality (3 page general well test guidance)
Cornell University Extension Site:
List of information sources for natural gas development
Penn State Extension:
A resource for information on drinking water, hydrofracturing, waste water, water use and more
LawAtlas: Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project
An online database that displays statues and regulations pertaining to water quality issues related to oil and gas activities.
FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry
Website is a joint project between Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. You can search for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.
University of Pittsburgh – Swanson School of Engineering
This is an essay that explains the fracking process in detail and examine the risks, benefits, sustainability, and common misconceptions in an effort to better educate others on the topic.
National Ground Water Association
National non-profit composed of US and international groundwater professionals. Purpose is to provide guidance to public, government and members for sound scientific, economic and beneficial development, protection and management of groundwater.
NGWA Guidance on Reducing Methane in Residential Water Wells
National Academy of Sciences Publication
Methane contamination of drink water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing. (5 page peer reviewed article) Osborn, S. G., A. Vangosh, N. R. Warner, R. B. Jackson.
New York State Water Resources Institute
NY WRI collaborates with regional, state, and national partners to increase awareness of emerging water resources issues and to develop and assess new water management technologies and policies. WRI connects the water research and water management communities.
Private Water Well Testing in Areas Impacted by Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling
TEDX – The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Non-profit founded by Dr. Theo Colborn to compile and disseminate information about environmental problems caused by low-dose exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.
Information on chemicals in natural gas operations:
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
Ground Water Information Center – Searchable database that houses well logs and some water quality data
Ground water assessment program
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Montana Board of Oil and Gas (housed under DNRC)
Proposed Fracturing Rulemaking
Oil and gas development map and online database
EPA Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
Progress Report 2012