17Jan / 2014
GGS is delighted at the inclusion of it’s monitoring approach at onshore petroleum sites in the new CIWEM report on shale gas and water.
The independent review of shale gas exploration and exploitation in the UK highlight two key points within the summary.
CIWEM state “The importance of baseline monitoring cannot be overstated. Regulators must ensure that an environmental baseline is fully established before any commencement of drilling activity and this should include both deep and shallow aquifers for radio-nuclides and other contaminants. Full details of the environmental monitoring programme should be disclosed.”
and “The long-term monitoring of relative conditions to the environmental baseline in the vicinity of the well and nearby receptors throughout the lifetime of the well will be important to detect any contaminants. In developing production guidance, parameters on the frequency, locations and time scale of measurements should be included.”
GGS is a specialised consultancy that has pioneered the use of continuous environmental monitoring techniques for the onshore petroleum sector. Additional information can be found in the recent GeoExPro article available here http://bit.ly/1eWhvak