Assessing Source Contributions to Air Quality and Noise in Unconventional Oil Shale Plays

Principal Investigator:
Meredith Franklin
Associate Professor
University of Toronto
Principal Investigator:
Laura Cushing
Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator:
Detlev Helmig
Boulder Atmosphere Innovation Research, LLC
Principal Investigator:
Jill Johnston
Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
Principal Investigator:
Gunnar Schade
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University

The goal of this study is to understand potential community exposure to UOGD-associated chemicals and radioactivity in air as well as noise in the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Denver-Julesburg region in Colorado. The investigators will apply the following methods to achieve their goals:

  1. Monitor air quality and noise in the Permian region and the Eagle Ford region to understand how potential exposures vary across the regions and over different time scales.

  2. Combine existing air monitoring data in the Denver-Julesburg region and original data collected in the Permian and Eagle Ford regions with statistical models to distinguish UOGD from other sources of chemicals in the air and noise sources.

  3. Leverage satellite data to examine the association between natural gas flaring and air quality.

  4. Collaborate with the Collett and Hildebrandt Ruiz teams to evaluate the "TRAcking Community Exposures and Releases" (TRACER) model performance in the Denver-Julesburg and Eagle Ford regions.

Franklin Study Locations

Franklin Study Locations

 

Meredith Franklin
Meredith Franklin

Research Team

Meredith Franklin
Associate Professor
University of Toronto
Laura Cushing
Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Detlev Helmig
Boulder Atmosphere Innovation Research, LLC
Jill Johnston
Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
Gunnar Schade
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University