Entry Date:
May 14, 2019

Energy and Water Resources: Searching for Synergy in Natural Gas Extraction

Principal Investigator Desiree Plata

Current natural gas extraction technologies suffer from inefficient methane recovery and unknown influences on nearby groundwater aquifers and the water supply as a whole. We seek to investigate the subsurface transport of chemicals used during natural gas extraction and use that information to design use, treatment, or filtration approaches that protect human and ecological health. Furthermore, materials and processes will be evaluated to enhance recovery of natural gas and reduce fugitive losses of natural gas.