Bruce Smith from AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences published a summary in the new issue of the AAPG Explorer of a one-day workshop on hydraulic fracturing at the recent Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) in Tucson, Ariz. in March. The workshop, titled “Hydrofracturing 101: What Is It, What Are the Issues and How Can Geophysics Help?” had 16 presentations on topics that included:
- The hydraulic fracturing process itself.
- Geophysical monitoring of hydraulic fracturing.
- Economic and environmental issues related to hydraulic fracturing.
- Regulatory issues related to perceived threats to infrastructure, groundwater and groundwater availability.
- New approaches to monitoring and assessing possible near-surface impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
[this post is excerpted from Bruce Smith's column in the Explorer]