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Forum on Energy Extraction Technologies


During the process of extracting fuel from the ground it is possible that gases are released into the air. The absence of reliable, comparative data on pre-, concurrent and post- extraction levels of methane and other volatile compounds has led to controversy over the environmental impact of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing of rock for releasing gas and oil. This technique, often known as "fracking", may be used in combination with other extraction techniques such as horizontal drilling to explore considerable expanses. New mid-infrared sensor systems being developed by MIRTHE can detect methane as well as other volatile gases down to trace quantities and over wide areas, and hold great promise for detailed benefit-risk assessment of areas designated for energy extraction, as well as long-term monitoring of existing sites.

MIRTHE will host a Workshop on Air Quality Monitoring related to Energy Extraction on August 9th, 2013 to engage companies, practitioners, policy makers/regulators and other stakeholders to determine optimal requirements for sensor system development and strategies for wide-scale, long-term deployment.

Date: August 9, 2021

Location: Princeton University, NJ 08544

AGENDA | Abstracts | Speaker Bios

PDF versions of the presentations given on August 9th are available under the Center Member's side of the MIRTHE website -- Contact Joe Montemarano at
[email protected] to obtain access.

External Resource Links
NOTE: MIRTHE is NOT responsible for the content of external internet sites

What is Hydraulic Fracking?
Wikipedia - Hydraulic fracturing
Frac Focus - Hydraulic Fracturing: The Process

Learn about Shale, and the Marcellus Shale
Marcellus Shale Coalition - Learn About Shale
Department of Environmental Conservation - Marcellus Shale
JAHSChem on Wikispaces - Marcellus Shale

Fracking: Laws, Regulations and Guidelines
Frac Focus - Regulations by State
EPA - Oil & Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews; Final Rule
PA Dept. of Environmental Protection - Oil & Gas Programs

Relevant Publications
PA Dept. of Environmental Protection - Long-Term Ambient Air Monitoring Project near Pearmanent MArcellus Shale Gas Facilities Protocol
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA - Greater focus needed on methane leakage from natural gas intrastructure
Wiley Online Library - Pennsylvania takes lead in taxing and regulating fracking
Scientific American - The Trust about Fracking
Nature - Should fracking stop?
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange - An Exploratory Study of Air Quality near Natural Gas Operations
Frac Focus - Publications

In the News
State Impact - The Pennsylvania Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing, or "Fracking"
Nature - Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas
Petro Industry News - Obama champions natural gas asking for methane leak research
New York Times - U.S. Caps Emissions in Drilling for Fuel
New York Times - New Fracking Rules Proposed for U.S. Land
New York Times - New Tools Pinpoint Natural Gas Leas, Maximizing a Fuel's Green Qualities
CNBC - The Math Behind the 100-Year, Natural-Gas Supply Debate

Other Relevant Links
Frac Focus - Disclosure Search (find a well)
Fac Focus - Links
EPA - Addressing air quality impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing activities
EPA - Reduce your Methane Emissions