publication . Preprint . 2020

Impacts of hydraulic fracturing on surface and groundwater water resources: A case study from Louisiana, USA.

Hanz Gunter Unruh; Emad Hosny Habib; David Borrok;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Apr 2020
  • Publisher: Research Square
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Background: Unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, frequently referred to as shale plays , have been gaining more attention in recent years. Hydraulic fracturing is performed to extract fossil fuels from unconventional reservoirs. Besides possible environmental implications, a better understanding of the potential stress that fracking may cause to water resources at the local or regional scale is still needed. The goal of this study is to assess the impact of current and projected future water demands for fracking on water resources in two main shale plays in Louisiana, USA. Methods: The analysis is performed in Louisian...
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