Current Research On The Impacts Of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction On Freshwaters.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Hoffman (The Marriott Little Rock)
Extraction from unconventional oil and gas (UOG) resources, such as shale plays, is increasing with global energy demand.  More than 40% of the world’s recoverable energy comes from UOG and the U.S. alone supplies up to 19% of global gas demand.  As demand continues to increase, extraction of UOG will expand throughout the 29 U.S. shale basins and globally. Extraction from UOG requires 1) 2– 3 million gallons of pressurized fracturing fluids to break up shale to release gas or oil, 2) infrastructure: pipelines, roads, and pads, and 3) treatment and disposal of produced waste water. Infrastructure development during the extraction process increases land disturbance and could contaminate nearby surface waters with leaked or spilled hydraulic fracturing fluids. Further, water use could create temporary regional shortages in streams and groundwater.  We seek presentations that describe current research examining whether UOG development affects freshwater ecosystems. Study approaches may range from species-species specific toxicological investigations to regional comparisons.
Sally Entrekin
Sally Entrekin , Michelle Evans-White and Steve Filipek
8:00 AM
Current and Needed Research On the Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction On Freshwater Ecosystems
Sally Entrekin, University of Central Arkansas; Kelly Maloney, US Geological Survey

8:20 AM
Assessing Freshwater Threats From Oil and Gas Drilling On the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma
Kimberly Ann Elkin, The Nature Conservancy; Bob Hamilton, The Nature Conservancy

8:40 AM
Fish Community Threshold Response Associated With Coal and Mineral Mines in Catchments
Wesley Daniel, PhD, Michigan State University; Dana M. Infante, Michigan State University; Peter Esselman, Michigan State University; Robert M. Hughes, Amnis Opes Institute; Yin-Phan Tsang, Michigan State University; Daniel Wieferich, Michigan State University; Arthur Cooper, Michigan State University; Kyle Herreman, Michigan State University; Li Wang, Internation Joint Commission; William W. Taylor, Michigan State University

9:00 AM
The Application of the FIT Model to Sustained Noise
Michele Halvorsen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Christa Woodley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

9:20 AM
Assessing Shallow Groundwater Quality and Geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale Gas Production Area, North-Central Arkansas
Timothy Kresse, U.S. Geological Survey; Phil Hays, U.S. Geological Survey; Jaysson Funkhouser, U.S. Geological Survey

10:00 AM
Tuesday AM Break

10:20 AM
Assessing Best Management Practices for Reducing Impacts of Natural Gas Development Using Stream Algal Biomass and Metabolism
Bradley Austin, University of Arkansas; Cymber Browder, University of Arkansas; Sally Entrekin, University of Central Arkansas; Michelle Evans-White, University of Arkansas

10:40 AM
The Relationship Between Land Disturbance and Trace Elements in Streams of North-Central Arkansas
Adam Musto, University of Central Arkansas; Sally Entrekin, University of Central Arkansas; Nicki Jensen, University of Central Arkansas; Juie Kelso, University of Central Arkansas; Brian Haggard, University of Arkansas; Cory Gallipeau, The Nature Conservancy; Ethan Inlander, The Nature Conservancy; Leslie Massey, University of Arkansas

11:00 AM
The Fishes of the Fayetteville Shale: Environmental Factors Relating to Assemblage Structure
Loren W. Stearman, University of Central Arkansas; Ginny Adams, University of Central Arkansas; S. Reid Adams, University of Central Arkansas

11:20 AM
Effects of Natural Gas Development On Populations of Redfin Darters (Etheostoma whipplei) in the Fayetteville Shale, AR
Jessie J. Green, University of Central Arkansas; Ginny Adams, University of Central Arkansas

12:00 PM
Tuesday Lunch

Understanding the Relationships Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Brook Trout Habitat in the Marcellus Shale Region (Withdrawn)
1:20 PM
Energy Development, Habitat Quality, and Native Fish Communities in Southwestern Wyoming
Annika Walters, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit; Carlin Girard, University of Wyoming

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