Full Name

2011 Unconventional Resources

Advancing a Web-based Tool for Unconventional Natural Gas Development with Focus on Flowback and Produced Water Characterization, Treatment and Beneficial Use

Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)

Principal Investigator: Mengistu Geza
Project Number Project Status
11122-53 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Rick Baker
New Mexico State University; Pioneer Natural Resources; Emerging Products Technical Consulting LLC; Tetra Tech, Inc
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
May 31, 2013 May 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$393,657.00 $282,429.00 $107,291.00
Project Objectives

The overall objective of the proposed study was to provide a set of web-based tools that will enable producers and other users to characterize, treat, beneficially use, and manage produced water and frac flowback water from unconventional gas production. The goal is to sustain gas production while minimizing potential impacts on natural water resources, public health, and environment. Built upon the integrated decision making framework developed for CBM produced water management, the proposed study focuses on shale gas and tight sand production, the most difficult and least developed. The proposed research was designed for 36 months and organized into four phases.


File Name File Type Date
Coalbed methane produced water screening tool for treatment technology and beneficial use Article 12/13
Shale gas produced water treatment using innovative microbialcapacitive desalination cell Article 10/14