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Work Of UW Graduate Student Published

September 9, 2016
Edited by UW's Donna Drogos, Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues was published Sept. 1.
Edited by UW's Donna Drogos, Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues was published Sept. 1.

Oxford University Press recently released a publication edited by a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Wyoming.

“Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues” was published by Oxford on Sept. 1. It was edited by Donna Drogos, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at UW.

The book details issues facing high-volume hydraulic fracturing of deep shale deposits, as well as solutions to make it viable. The practice has catapulted the United States into the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world, providing energy independence.

“But there are concerns over perceived risks to the environment that have been raised at hydraulic fracturing locations throughout the U.S.,” Drogos writes in the book description. “These biogeochemical changes occurring in the millions of gallons of hydraulic fracturing wastewater creates a unique dilemma for the disposal and potential reuse of these waters. Traditional disposal options are now less available due to public concern over safety risks, so water reuse is becoming the go-to solution, often requiring new treatment technologies to make the water suitable for reuse in the hydraulic fracturing process.”

Drogos is supervised by Civil and Architectural Engineering Professor Michael Urynowicz. 

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