Unconventional Wastewater Management: A Comparative Review and Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Management Practices Across Four North American Basins

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Greg Goss

University of Alberta

Daniel Alessi

University of Alberta

Diana Allen

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Jason Brisbois

University of Alberta

Stefanie Kletke

University of Alberta

Ashkan Zolfaghari

University of Alberta, Students

Chelsea Notte

Simon Fraser University (SFU), Students

Yvette Thompson

University of Alberta, Students

Kailun Hong

University of Alberta, Students

Victor Covalski

Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Students

Wladimir Araujo Neto

Federal University of Amazonas - UFAM, Students

Chloe Prosser

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Students

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

The research team conducted an extensive, multidisciplinary review of wastewater handling, treatment, reuse and disposal as they relate to hydraulic fracturing by comparing the practices, legislation and policies that have been implemented in various North American shale formations as well as use of freshwater and demand management. The objective of the review was to summarize and assess current knowledge regarding wastewater management and to identify critical gaps to be addressed by future research. This was accomplished using a combination of direct interviews with specific stakeholders to gather current practices for wastewater management, and through collaboration with regulators to assess current understanding and practices by jurisdiction. Emphasis was on formations with extensive experience in hydraulic fracturing wastewater handling and treatment, as well as relatively undeveloped but strategically important reserves elsewhere in Canada.

Keywords: Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Wastewater Management Practices, Regulatory Regimes, Social License to Operate, Stakeholder Concerns

JEL Classification: Q48, M14

Suggested Citation

Goss, Greg and Alessi, Daniel and Allen, Diana and Gehman, Joel and Brisbois, Jason and Kletke, Stefanie and Zolfaghari, Ashkan and Notte, Chelsea and Thompson, Yvette and Hong, Kailun and Covalski, Victor and Araujo Neto, Wladimir and Prosser, Chloe, Unconventional Wastewater Management: A Comparative Review and Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Management Practices Across Four North American Basins (September 1, 2015). Canadian Water Network, 2015; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2015-909. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2788050

Greg Goss

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Daniel Alessi

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Diana Allen

Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

Jason Brisbois

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Stefanie Kletke

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Ashkan Zolfaghari

University of Alberta, Students ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Chelsea Notte

Simon Fraser University (SFU), Students ( email )

Burnaby, British Co;lumbia
Canada

Yvette Thompson

University of Alberta, Students ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Kailun Hong

University of Alberta, Students ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

Victor Covalski

Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Students ( email )

Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul
Brazil

Wladimir Araujo Neto

Federal University of Amazonas - UFAM, Students ( email )

Avenida Rodrigo Otávio, 3000
Manaus
Brazil

Chloe Prosser

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Students ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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