Environmental Health - Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are characterizing waste water and waste solids produced during UOG development. As part of this work, byproducts from municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities that receive wastewater from UOG activities are being identified and quantified.
USGS scientists are determining the potential effects of UOG waste materials on water resources and ecosystems. As part of this work scientists are collecting water, soil, and sediment samples from produced-water spill sites.
USGS scientists are developing analytical methods for target compounds generated during UOG development. Scientists are targeting compounds that include potential contaminants of concern or might serve as useful tracers of the waste materials in the event of a release to the environment.
In order to assess and to manage risks to human and ecosystem health associated with UOG development there is a critical need to understand the composition of the range of solid and liquid wastes generated, to identify potential pathways to the environment, and to evaluate potential effects on receptor organisms from exposure to constituents of these wastes. The highest research priority is to understand pathways to the environment of contaminants from waste materials from the range of UOG activities currently in use and likely to be increasing in importance as resource development proceeds. The research plan provides and overview of the project objectives and approach.
Information on the Fate and Effects of Wastes from Oil and Gas Development Investigation research team.