DCM - I also spent time talking one on one to Benjamin and also listened in on 2 of his seminars. Your impression of him is the same as mine. He is knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him. This is why I have been recommending him on posts. Water is becoming more important and scarce, as you said. The La. Dept. of Conservation recently came out with a recommendation/warning(see below) that in the Felicianas the focus needs to be on surface water or other acceptable alternatives for fracking because they do not want the sub-surface water in this area to be used for fracking.
La. Commissioner of Conservation Recommendation on Water Sources
Commissioner of Conservation Jim Welsh recommends that oil and gas operators with interest in developing the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in Central Louisiana choose their water sources wisely for use in drilling or hydraulic fracture stimulation operations. Of particular interest are areas to the west of the Red River and east of the Mississippi River where the Chicot, Evangeline, Jasper, Catahoula and Southern Hills Aquifer systems are being used predominately for drinking water supply for domestic and public water supplies.
Based on information provided by the Louisiana Geological Survey, freshwater surface recharge areas for these aquifer systems are located throughout major portions of Central Louisiana and nearly all of the Northern Florida parishes east of the Mississippi River. Preventing and minimizing reductions of freshwater recharge into aquifer systems is a key aspect to maintaining and improving aquifer system sustainability.
Based on USGS and other published information on ground water resources Louisiana, the Red River and Mississippi River Alluvial aquifer systems are high yield systems comprised of coarse gravel and sand formations continuously recharged by the surface waters of their named rivers. It is further documented that the Red River and Mississippi River Alluvial aquifer systems, due to their hardness and high dissolved solids, are seldom used for domestic and public supply purposes, but are suitable water sources for industrial purposes.
Therefore, if ground water must be used for drilling or hydraulic fracture stimulation purposes, it is recommended that the Red River and Mississippi River Alluvial aquifers be utilized for these purposes, where feasible, as the source of ground water supply in lieu of the Chicot, Evangeline, Jasper, Catahoula and Southern Hills Aquifer systems. However, agency staff will continue to evaluate water usage from these aquifer systems for hydraulic fracture stimulation operations according to state law.
The Commissioner further encourages oil and gas operators to use the available surface water resources or other acceptable alternative water sources in the Central and Florida parishes of Louisiana, where practical and feasible.
Provided below are links to published documents, resources and references available for water quality and use in Louisiana. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Environmental Division staff at 225-342-8244 or by email at http://dnr.louisiana.gov/groundwater.
Am I correct in assuming that “surface water” would exclude a pound that has a submersible well pump? It was mentioned on another thread that a landowner was installing a pump in hopes of selling frac water; wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of minimizing the impact on ground water? Thanks
I heard yesterday that a well site is being prepared near Booker cemetery lane, and on la 10 near the Clinton arena
shed just passed Camp Avondale. Does anybody have any information on either of these? I also talked with a person who said that Devon oil is opening a office in Zachary.
The "High Resistivity" has nothing to do with whether the formation is frackable. It indicates the probable presence of Hydocarbons (OIL). Its the composition of the matrix that determines the frackability. Until we have direct information about the formation you and others are guessing. Guessing does no one any good. This play is just beginning and we have few to no wells in production or any real knowledge of the formation in this area. That is unless you have direct knowledge and can provide a source.
Just curious. When giving the laundry list of parishes where Goodrich may have acquired leases, I noticed that you skipped right over Tangipahoa Parish, and listed Washington Parish (which is to the east of Tangipahoa). Any basis for that?