MONTHLY MEETING

MIXING OIL and WATER - Balancing Resources and Effects of Oil and GAs Development in Colorado

Professor Joseph Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 @ 12:00pm

Golder Associates
44 Union Blvd. 6th Floor
Lakewood, CO 80228

 

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Golder Associates

44 Union Blvd. 6th Floor

Lakewood, CO 80228

 


Abstract:

This presentation will describe research conducted on the effects of oil and gas development on groundwater quality along Colorado's Front Range in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.  Using publicly-available data from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and FracFocus, the national database of ingredients of hydraulic fracturing fluids, Joe Ryan and his colleagues (1) examined the occurrence and sources of methane and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) in groundwater used as drinking water and (2) evaluated fracturing fluid ingredients based not just on toxicity, but also on mobility and persistence, to identify compounds that should be the focus on groundwater monitoring and "greening" of fracturing fluids.  These results will be considered in the context of regulations in place to protect groundwater in Colorado.

Biography: 

Professor Joseph Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Joseph Ryan is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. He has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993 as part of the Environmental Engineering Program. Joe holds a B.S. degree in geological engineering from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and outreach focuses on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural waters. Current research efforts include investigations of the role of organic matter and colloids in the speciation and transport of contaminants and the effects of oil and gas development on water quality. He and his co-authors have published seventy-plus articles on these topics. Joe is the faculty director of the National Science Foundation-funded AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a multi-institution team of twenty-seven researchers addressing the effects of oil and gas development on air and water resources in the Rocky Mountain region. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.