EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Development of the T+M coupled flow-geomechanical simulator to describe fracture propagation and coupled flow-thermal-geomechanical processes in tight/shale gas systems

Jihoon Kim and George Moridis. Computers and Geosciences. October 2013.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed and demonstrated a new coupled fluid flow, heat flow and geomechanical computer simulator. This simulator can now be used to simulate hydraulic fracturing of tight and shale gas systems. The results of this article, combined with other information, will inform the draft assessment report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. 

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