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  D18 Soil and Rock

Title: D18-D19 Workshop on Water Quality Monitoring and Environmental Characterization Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities
Dates: Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday January 28 2015
Location: Sheraton New Orleans; New Orleans, LA
Event Name: Workshop on Water Quality Monitoring and Environmental Characterization Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities

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ASTM Subcommittees D18.26 on Hydraulic Fracturing and D19.09 on Water — Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids cordially invite abstracts to be considered for presentation at a Workshop on Water Quality Monitoring and Environmental Characterization Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities which will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on January 28, 2015 during the ASTM 2015 Committee Week at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Objective and Topic Areas
Hydraulic Fracturing is a process often used to enhance hydrocarbon extraction from shale formations. During this process, a water solution containing proppant and chemicals is injected into the formation to open existing fractures or create new fractures. These fractures increase the effective surface area in contact with the formation and improve the rate of hydrocarbon extraction. The importance of conducting this process both safely and effectively has led to increased attention to methods, technologies, and approaches for monitoring, characterizing, mitigating, and preventing potential impacts associated with surface and subsurface hydraulic fracturing activities.

This workshop will educate the audience with insights and presentations from industry leaders regarding technology and methods to ensure environmental protection and risk assessment.

The workshop will focus on technologies and best practices for conducting site characterizations and monitoring related to hydraulic fracturing. Case studies related to the following topics are of particular interest.

  • Environmental modeling and risk assessment
  • Brine remediation and management
  • Emerging environmental contaminants
  • Stray gas investigations
  • Water Recycling and Processing Technologies
  • Radiation monitoring of cuttings, flowback and produced waters
  • Assessing baseline supply well yield and diminished yield investigations
  • Measuring atmospheric parameters effecting air quality
  • Geologic Investigations for aquifer characterization and migration risks
  • Monitoring of impoundments for leakage of gas or water

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes.


Please email your title and abstract (limit 300 words) to Jeffrey Hale ( or Richard Jack ( by September 30, 2014. Selections will be finalized by October 31, 2014.

The language of the workshop will be English.


Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes January 21, 2015. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below.

Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee does include admission to the technical sessions, but does not include the Social events, Food functions, etc.

All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at or 610-832-9678.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610/832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



On Site

ASTM Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Presenter Fee
Student Fee


Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen Richard Jack, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, Email:, tel: 408-481-4227 and Jeffrey Hale, Kleinfelder, Cranberry Township, PA, Email:, tel: 724- 772-7072.


Meeting schedules of Committees D18 and D19 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM D18 staff manager Bob Morgan at or tel: 610-832-9732 and ASTM D19 staf manager Brian Milewski at


Committees D18 and D19 invite you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web listed immediately above, and click "Future Meetings".

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