WVU Shale Gas Network Forum to present Marcellus well monitoring project

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February 10, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE

Tim Carr, WVU’s Marshall Miller professor of geology

“We are looking to improve performance of these wells and maximize production while minimizing the environmental impact,” said Tim Carr, WVU Marshall Miller Professor of Geology.

Morgantown, W.Va. – The next meeting of the WVU Shale Gas Network Forum will present information about “The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory – MSEEL.”  The meeting will take place at the Erickson Alumni Center, Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.  RSVPs requested. Walk-ins welcome.

The Shale Gas Network seeks to promote interdisciplinary discussions about shale gas issues. Faculty and research staff from all disciplines are invited. Research colleagues at regional research institutions are also invited.

Northeast Natural Energy LLC (NNE) has joined West Virginia University and The Ohio State University in developing the MSEEL field site and dedicated laboratory to develop and validate technology to enhance shale gas production in an environmentally sensitive manner. The project is located in Morgantown and is funded by U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Speaking at the event will be Mike John, president, Northeast Natural Energy, the project’s industrial partner; Robert Vagnetti, MSEEL project officer, NETL; and Tim Carr, WVU MSEEL principal investigator.

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics Wesley Burnett “Shale Gas Development and Housing Values over a Decade: Evidence from the Barnett Shale”

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics Wesley Burnett explains his research entitled, “Shale Gas Development and Housing Values over a Decade: Evidence from the Barnett Shale,” at a previous network meeting.

The MSEEL researchers will develop a geologic and engineering baseline using the data from two wells that NNE has drilled previously at the site. Based on that data, the team will drill a vertical scientific observation well that will be instrumented to provide detailed reservoir information and will allow monitoring of a planned horizontal production well to be drilled in the fall of 2015.

“We are looking to improve performance of these wells and maximize production while minimizing the environmental impact,” said Carr, WVU Marshall Miller Professor of Geology.

Carr said that researchers will develop new scientific and engineering approaches to apply to multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional natural resource studies.The team will:

Monitor and document impacts in a controlled environment, including:
–        greenhouse gas emissions,
–        local air pollution,
–        water supply and quality,
–        noise and activity, and
–        societal impacts.

Develop new technologies, such as:
–        microseismic monitoring,
–        production monitoring, and
–        advanced logging.

MSEEL also will offer real-world education and training for undergraduate and graduate students to address the complex technical, environmental, and social issues surrounding unconventional energy development and production.

A networking session will follow the forum and include posters by various MSEEL research team members.

The Shale Gas Network Forum is coordinated by the National Research Center for Coal and Energy and the Research Office at West Virginia University.

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CONTACT:  Trina Wafle; 304-293-6038

The WVU Shale Gas Network Forum meets quarterly and is sponsored by the Research Office and the National Research Center for Coal and Energy.