Natural gas producers utilizing hydraulic fracturing face challenges related to legal liability, regulatory interference, and negative publicity. Incidents of methane migration have severely impacted drilling operations and resulted in large settlements.
HydroConfidence is developing a monitoring system to measure water quality before, during and after drilling operations. The system helps clients to understand the impact of shale gas drilling on the local environment and to take proactive corrective action when necessary. HydroMonitor is capable of monitoring water samples for years with minimal maintenance requirements.
HydroMonitor uses a network of sensors installed in natural gas wells and water aquifers that detects methane and other chemicals and provides real time information to gas companies. Our multi-sensor unit with a low power processor and a battery pack converts analog sensor values to digital data and transmits using a common connection. HydroMonitor is cost effective compared with laboratory analysis of water samples and relatively hassle-free. The system allows clients to dispute inaccurate claims of contamination and to address legitimate claims quickly. By promoting a client’s interest in protecting the environment, the solution may assist with obtaining drilling rights on private and public lands.