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Webinar addresses water management for Marcellus gas production

Posted: October 19, 2010

Penn State hydrogeologist and extension associate David Yoxtheimer and Tony Gaudlip of Range Resources will be featured speakers during a free Web-based seminar titled, "Water Use and Water Reuse/Recycling in Marcellus Shale Gas Exploration and Production," which will air Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m.

The natural-gas industry is pursuing ways to minimize potential environmental impacts during development of the rich Marcellus formation, such as by treating and reusing wastewater produced during the process. However, Yoxtheimer said, as the Marcellus natural-gas play grows, the demand for water for hydraulic fracturing will directly increase, as will the need for infrastructure to treat flowback water for reuse or disposal.

"To minimize the environmental and financial costs of flowback treatment, many operators are now reusing flowback and other impaired waters such as acid mine drainage," said Yoxtheimer, with Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, the "webinar" will provide an overview of new strategies to conserve fresh water and reuse waters affected by the gas exploration process.

Registration for the webinar is required, and online participants will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions during the session.