Assessing the Effects of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development on Community Water Sources

Principal Investigator:
Joseph Ryan
Professor
University of Colorado Boulder
Principal Investigator:
John Adgate
Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
Principal Investigator:
William Allshouse
Instructor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Principal Investigator:
Lisa McKenzie
Clinical Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
Principal Investigator:
Harihar Rajaram
Professor
Johns Hopkins University

The goal of this study is to evaluate whether instances of community water supply contamination in Colorado and New Mexico might be the result of unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD). The study will be useful for understanding the UOGD operational conditions that might present a risk to community water supplies. The investigators will apply the following methods to achieve their goals:

  1. Analyze existing groundwater and surface water quality data for community water supplies near UOGD and examine correlations between water quality and oil and gas operational data.
  2. Examine temporal and spatial correlations between UOGD and community water supply contamination to identify possible exposure pathways.
  3. Model contaminant transport along possible exposure pathways to evaluate the feasibility of the pathways connecting community water supplies with UOGD.

Ryan Study Locations

Ryan Study Locations

 

Joseph Ryan
Joseph Ryan

Research Team

Joseph Ryan
Professor
University of Colorado Boulder
John Adgate
Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
William Allshouse
Instructor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Lisa McKenzie
Clinical Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Public Health
Harihar Rajaram
Professor
Johns Hopkins University