We invite interested scientists to submit an abstract to 2015 Goldschmidt session 13h entitled “Geochemical Characterization of Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs and Environmental Impacts Associated with their Production”. This session will feature Dr. Thomas Darrah (Ohio State University) as keynote speaker. The abstract submission deadline is April 2, 2015 (see: http://goldschmidt.info/2015 ).
Geochemical Characterization of Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs and Environmental Impacts Associated with their Production
Keynote: Thomas Darrah (Ohio State University)
Unconventional petroleum has proven to be the major energy resource of the 21st century with fundamental impact on global energy, finance, and geopolitics. With the advent of directional horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the traditional organic-rich, tight source rocks have turned into prolific hydrocarbon reservoirs. This session will focus on novel applications of organic and inorganic geochemistry in understanding and characterizing the nature and hydrocarbon potential of the unconventional petroleum reservoirs. Furthermore, the session will highlight new insights about production efficiency and potential environmental impacts revealed by chemical and isotopic data of flowback fluids, produced gases and stray gases. We invite contributions that have addressed different geochemical and isotopic aspects of unconventional energy exploration and hydraulic fracturing, from both "upstream" (origin of formation water, occurrence of fluids in low permeability formations, links between natural gas and water chemistry) and "downstream" (oil and gas wastewater, disposal risks, water contamination, fugitive gas in groundwater).
Hamed Sanei (Geological Survey of Canada)
Bernhard Mayer (University of Calgary)
Avner Vengosh (Duke University)