Quarterly Update December 2022
Air Quality and Noise Research
Collett Quarterly Update - December 2022
Measuring and Modeling Air Pollution and Noise Exposure Near Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in Colorado
Mike Van Dyke
- Conducted two months of air monitoring around drilling operations.
- Completed several stakeholder engagement activities: met with a local operator, gave a project overview presentation at the August 31, 2022 meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and spoke with residents wanting to learn more about UOGD emissions at a Climate Action Event in Longmont, Colorado.
- Continuing air monitoring around drilling operations.
- Continuing to define UOGD operational activities for inclusion in the TRACER model in collaboration with Colorado State University and University of Texas-Austin.
- Reviewing past regional emissions data to define chemical patterns of emissions from specific UOGD operational activities.
- Meet with an additional local operator about additional UOGD monitoring in 2023.
- Work with UT Austin to add estimates of drilling and hydraulic fracturing emissions to TRACER model.
Franklin Quarterly Update - December 2022
Assessing Source Contributions to Air Quality and Noise in Unconventional Oil Shale Plays
- Established a stationary air quality and noise monitoring location in Loving, NM.
- Fully outfitted a trailer with instruments that measure air quality and noise in preparation for deployment to the monitoring location.
- Analyzed data about well locations and flaring of natural gas in the Permian Basin, with specific focus on the Carlsbad and Loving, NM communities.
- Engaging with a community organization in Carlsbad, NM.
- Proposing a preliminary network layout of passive sampling devices to collect air quality data in the area stretching from Carlsbad to Malaga, NM.
- Running a 30-second public service announcement on Carlsbad radio stations, informing the public of upcoming air quality study and potential volunteer involvement.
- Deploy the trailer to the Loving, NM monitoring location in mid-December 2022.
- Establish a website for sharing our results with the community.
- Contact landowners and community members in Carlsbad and Loving, NM for our passive sampling campaign. Please contact Dr. Gunnar Schade at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-979-845-0633 if you would like to volunteer.
Hildebrandt Ruiz Quarterly Update - December 2022
Predictive, Source-oriented Modeling and Measurements to Evaluate Community Exposures to Air Pollutants and Noise from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz
- Set up and tested an all-electric mobile monitoring vehicle outfitted with instruments that measure air quality and noise.
- Began to evaluate the effects of UOGD on regional levels of ozone in the air and on the emissions of nitrogen oxides.
- Wrapping up preparations for air quality and noise monitoring in Karnes County, beginning in Spring 2023. The monitoring is designed to capture emissions associated with UOGD, including flaring of natural gas.
- Continuing to develop the TRACER model, which will predict local and regional concentrations of chemicals in air associated with UOGD. Initially, we are estimating chemical emissions annually at the county level.
- Organize and host community meetings before air quality and noise monitoring begins.
- Begin monitoring near Karnes City in Spring 2023.
- Using the TRACER model, evaluate the influence of EPA's proposed methane rule on the emissions of other chemicals from UOGD.
Water Quality Research
Baka Quarterly Update - December 2022
Using Geoscientific Analysis and Community Engagement to Analyze Exposures to Potential Groundwater Contamination
- Continued to analyze water quality data for chemical patterns that indicate potential contamination from various forms of energy development.
- Continued to analyze information shared by community members during focus groups earlier this year.
- Dr. Shaheen presented research at the November 2022 meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Completing analysis of water quality data.
- Preparing for additional community focus groups in spring 2023.
- Planning for the 2023 Shale Network Workshop with a panel related to this study.
- Host additional focus groups with communities in spring 2023.
- Write summaries of our analysis of water quality data and findings from community focus groups.
- Begin to assess community exposure to chemicals in water.
Ryan Quarterly Update - December 2022
Assessing the Effects of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development on Community Water Sources
- Analyzed community water supply data and oil and gas operational records for Colorado to assess whether detected chemicals might be associated with UOGD.
- Consulted with state officials in New Mexico about the availability of water quality data and oil and gas development operational records to inform the research.
- Continuing to analyze water quality data and oil and gas operational records for Colorado to identify potential indications of UOGD sources affecting community water supplies.
- Identifying case studies of possible pathways connecting communities with UOGD.
- Assess whether the case study connections between UOGD sources and communities are feasible by modeling how chemicals from UOGD might move through the environment.
- Engage with communities, state officials, and others to increase awareness of the research and its relevance to policy decisions to protect public health.