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USGS Arkansas Water Science Center Activities in the Fayetteville Shale Area


Ground-water Monitoring

  • The USGS is partnering with Arkansas Water Resources Center and the Shirley Community Service and Development Corporation to collect groundwater samples in Van Buren County.

  • The objective of this project is to:
  • Characterize the quality of groundwater in the County by sampling domestic wells and perennial springs throughout the county.

    The study is designed to describe existing (background) groundwater quality and geochemistry for use in evaluating potential effects from unintended infiltration of waste streams into shallow aquifers associated with drilling and fracturing activities, in addition to identifying any current potential problems.

    A cost-effective strategy is to use a phased approach, which will involve measuring specific conductance and collecting grab samples for analysis of chloride--a conservative constituent in the subsurface commonly found in high concentrations in produced water and mud associated with various steps in gas production within the Fayetteville Shale

    Based on the time involved in the reconnaissance phase and identifying households amenable to participation in the study, it is anticipated that between 50-100 wells will be sampled for this phase of the project.

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