Shale Research Proposal to Provide Assessment of Subsurface Resources

The Ohio State University and West Virginia University have collaborated on a research proposal to undertake a comprehensive assessment of subsurface resources and the environment at two field sites – one in the Utica-Point Pleasant formation in Ohio and the other in the Marcellus formation near Morgantown, West Virginia – that comprise the Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (SEEL). The proposal was developed in response to a request for proposal from the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA).
Ohio State and West Virginia entered into a joint collaboration on shale energy research earlier in 2013, to better take advantage of the unique qualities each university brings to shale research. At Ohio State, the recent proposal was developed within the Subsurface Energy Resource Center.  SERC director Jeffrey Daniels is the primary investigator named in the proposal.
Specific objectives identified in the research proposal are to: (1) characterize the geological framework and physical and chemical properties of subsurface resources; (2) characterize and model the fracture distribution in the subsurface; (3) carry out baseline air, water, noise, and light measurements prior to drilling; (4) sample and monitor air, water, noise, and light during horizontal drilling; (5) institute long-term monitoring of air and water after completion and during production; and (6) transition research results to industry for application in new, more cost-effective, and environmentally-sound well operations.