I am originally from Mountain Park, Georgia. I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA in 2011 with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in environmental chemistry. After graduating from Georgia Tech, I moved to southern West Virginia and began working for Energy Efficient West Virginia, a local non-profit.
In August 2013, I moved to Fort Collins, CO to begin my Master’s with Dr. Jens Blotevogel and Dr. Thomas Borch. I am currently working on the project described below.
Degradation of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals in Agricultural Soils
Hydraulic fracturing is a widely-used technology that enables and enhances oil and gas extraction from unconventional geological formations. The fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process, which contain water, proppant, and a complex mixture of chemicals, have the potential to mix with nearby aquifers or surface water when handled or stored improperly. Between 2000 and 2013, oil and gas companies reported 4,900 spills to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), an average of one per day. In 2013, oil and gas companies reported 591 spills. This suggests that the rate of spills is increasing. As a result of the high frequency of oil and gas related spills, it is extremely important to understand the degradation pathways of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids. This study aims to quantify the kinetics of degradation of a range of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing including, biocides, polyethylene glycols and friction reducers.
For more details about the research conducted in the Borch group please click here.