Hydraulic Fracturing

The combined use of hydraulic fracturing (HF) and directional drilling for unconventional oil and gas production has driven a resurgence of hydrocarbon production in the United States. This technique, which allows hydrocarbon production from large shale formations, has had beneficial effects on the nation’s economy over the past decade.

These benefits, however, are accompanied by continuing concerns about environmental impacts potentially related to the rapid and significant expansion in the use of modern, high-volume HF. Technology that enhances oil and gas production and helps fuel a healthy economy must be balanced with public health priorities, including adequate supplies of clean and safe drinking water.

Since 2002, Cadmus has supported this critical issue by providing research and analysis support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on HF. We examine HF as it relates to drinking water resources, with a focus on specific issues such as the important role of well integrity and HF wastewater management. We enrich our expertise in HF with our more than three decades of technical and policy work directly supporting all of EPA’s core drinking water regulatory programs and its Underground Injection Control program.

Through our technical and policy expertise and extensive research in the field of HF, we interact with a wide range of stakeholders on technical and policy issues, and identify and implement strategies that protect drinking water resources at the community level.

Our HF support is based on state-of-the-science research, data acquisition and analyses, and an in-depth practical knowledge of the relevant guidance, best management practices, and regulations. We deliver scientifically sound research and policy consultation to help our clients make critical decisions concerning the nation’s energy and water resources.

Representative projects include:

hydraulic fracturing