FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University announced today that Dr. Ken Carlson, a civil engineering professor at Colorado State University, will work with Noble Energy, Inc. on a new $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to optimize water management associated with Noble’s oil and gas production in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Weld County.
Colorado State University, a worldwide leader in water resource planning and management, and Noble Energy, one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas producers with operations in Colorado, recently created the Colorado Energy Water Consortium. The overarching goal of the collaborative effort is to increase understanding and develop solutions for water issues related to oil & gas development in Colorado and Rocky Mountain West.
Kindly refer to Page 24 for a detailed report on the Niobrara water resource management by Dr Kenneth H Carlson (Associate Professor at Colorado State University) from the Colorado Energy Water Consortium.
This report, in the World Energy Outlook series, treats these aspirations and anxieties with equal seriousness. It features two new cases: a Golden Rules Case, in which the highest practicable standards are adopted, gaining industry a “social licence to operate”; and its counterpart, in which the tide turns against unconventional gas as constraints prove too difficult to overcome.
This study provides an extension of the research by Considine, et al. (2011a) with a more detailed analysis of notice of environmental violations (NOV) from the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale industry. Not all environmental violations result in environmental pollution because many violations are citations for administrative failures or are issued to prevent pollution from occurring.
Recently, COGA published Colorado oil and gas industry water usage facts, “Water Use Fast Facts”, which can be found at www.coga.org, under Fast Facts. In summary, the facts estimate water use for oil and gas development at 0.13% of Colorado’s total 2012 water use. That’s 6.5 billion gallons of water for the year at far less than one percent of all water use. These billions of gallons are compared with other users in the state and, despite being “billions” in number, they are the lowest of notable users, such as Irrigation (4497.5 billion gallons/year), Public Supply (315.4 billion gallons/year), and Mining (7.8 billion gallons/year). Also, the one-time use of 5 million gallons for one well are contrasted to water uses we can all relate to, like a Colorado coal-fired plant in one day or 30 Denver-area homes in one year.
This report will examine the current and projected water demands for hydraulic
fracturing in Colorado, compare those demands to the amount of water that is used for other
purposes in Colorado, identify potential sources of water for hydraulic fracturing, and summarize
the legal and administrative requirements for using those sources.
A slideshow from a presentation about the history of the Wattenberg gas field.