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SHale gas Exploration and Exploitation induced Risks

Objective

The objective of SHEER is to develop best practices for assessing and mitigating the environmental footprint of shale gas exploration and exploitation. The consortium includes partners from Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, USA. It will develop a probabilistic procedure for assessing short and long-term risks associated with groundwater contamination, air pollution and induced seismicity. The severity of each of these depends strongly on the unexpected enhanced permeability pattern, which may develop as an unwanted by-product of the fracking processes and may become pathway for gas and fluid migration towards underground water reservoirs or the surface. An important part of SHEER will be devoted to monitor and understand how far this enhanced permeability pattern will develop both in space and time. These hazard may be at least partially inter-related as they all depend on this enhanced permeability pattern. Therefore they will be approached from a multi-hazard, multi parameter perspective. SHEER will develop methodologies and procedures to track and model fracture evolution around shale gas exploitation sites and a robust statistically based, multi-parameter methodology to assess environmental impacts and risks across the operational lifecycle of shale gas. The developed methodologies will be applied and tested on a comprehensive database consisting of seismicity, changes of the quality of ground-waters and air, ground deformations, and operational data collected from past case studies. They will be improved by the high quality data SHEER will collect monitoring micro-seismicity, air and groundwater quality and ground deformation in a planned hydraulic fracturing to be carried out by the Polish Oil and Gas Company in Pomerania. Best practices to be applied in Europe to monitor and minimize any environmental impacts will be worked out with the involvement of an advisory group including governmental decisional bodies and private industries.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 239 000

Participants (7)

Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Poland
EU contribution
€ 680 000
Address
Ksiecia Janusza 64
01-452 Warsaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF KEELE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 807,50
Address
Keele University Finance Dpt
ST5 5BG Keele
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AMRA - ANALISI E MONITORAGGIO DEL RISCHIO AMBIENTALE SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 715 625
Address
Via Nuova Agnano 11
80125 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 119 975
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Activity type
Research Organisations
RSKW LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 312,50
Address
Spring Lodge 172 Chester Road
WA6 0AR Helsby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
1000 E. University Avenue, Department 3355
82071 Laramie, Wy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments