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Comprehensive Lifecycle Planning for Water Associated with Horizontal Drilling and High Volume Hydrofracturing in Tight Shale(17436)

Arthur Langhus Lane, LLC


The goal of this project is to develop a modeling system to assist operators and regulators in planning all aspects of water management associated with shale gas development (i.e., “Lifecycle Planning”). Lifecycle planning allows users to perform scenario analyses to answer "what if" questions for various situations.

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Project Description

The lifecycle modeling system will have the capability to analyze costs, various water supply options, and various waste disposal options for the management of water associated with shale gas development. It will incorporate constraints presented by relevant state and local permit requirements, agreements, and regulations, as well as equipment and material availability.


The modeling system will have myriad benefits for industry, government, and the public. It will allow industry to optimize water use and minimize costs (subject to regulatory and other constraints), will facilitate analysis of options and tradeoffs, and will simplify the permitting and reporting process. It will help regulators study cumulative impacts of development, conserve water resources, and manage disposal options across a region, as well as track permitting and monitoring compliance. And it will benefit the public by facilitating decision-making and scheduling (with resulting water conservation, improved environmental performance, and increased supply of natural gas).

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Arthur Langhus Lane, LLC
1718 S. Cheyenne
Tulsa, OK 74119

Principle Investigator

J. Daniel Arthur

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Indigenous/Renewable Energy Resources

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Kathleen O'Connor


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/25/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 17436

Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1