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Methane and Benzene in Drinking-Water Wells Overlying the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville Shale Hydrocarbon Production Areas

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, May 2017
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Title
Methane and Benzene in Drinking-Water Wells Overlying the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville Shale Hydrocarbon Production Areas
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, May 2017
DOI 10.1021/acs.est.7b00746
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Authors

Peter B. McMahon, Jeannie R.B. Barlow, Mark A. Engle, Kenneth Belitz, Patricia B. Ging, Andrew G. Hunt, Bryant C. Jurgens, Yousif K. Kharaka, Roland W. Tollett, Timothy M. Kresse

Abstract

Water wells (n = 116) overlying the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville Shale hydrocarbon production areas were sampled for chemical, isotopic, and groundwater-age tracers to investigate the occurrence and sources of selected hydrocarbons in groundwater. Methane isotopes and hydrocarbon gas compositions indicate most of the methane in the wells was biogenic and produced by the CO2 reduction pathway, not from thermogenic shale gas. Two samples contained methane from the fermentation pathway that could be associated with hydrocarbon degradation based on their co-occurrence with hydrocarbons such as ethylbenzene and butane. Benzene was detected at low concentrations (<0.15 μg/L), but relatively high frequencies (2.4-13.3% of samples), in the study areas. Eight of nine samples containing benzene had groundwater ages >2500 years, indicating the benzene was from subsurface sources such as natural hydrocarbon migration or leaking hydrocarbon wells. One sample contained benzene that could be from a surface release associated with hydrocarbon production activities based on its age (10 ± 2.4 years) and proximity to hydrocarbon wells. Groundwater travel times inferred from the age-data indicate decades or longer may be needed to fully assess the effects of potential subsurface and surface releases of hydrocarbons on the wells.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 22 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 41%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 18%
Student > Master 2 9%
Other 1 5%
Student > Bachelor 1 5%
Other 5 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 8 36%
Environmental Science 6 27%
Engineering 5 23%
Unspecified 1 5%
Chemistry 1 5%
Other 1 5%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 58. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 July 2019.
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#290,120
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#495
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#22
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