About The Author

Zachariah Hildenbrand is a researcher at the University of Texas Arlington. He received his Bachelors of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently a visiting scholar at The University of Texas at Arlington where he is a lead scientist and project manager for several research studies analyzing groundwater quality in the Barnett and Cline Shale formations

Making The Most Out Of Produced Oilfield Waste

The highly polarizing topic of hydraulic fracturing, which is used to stimulate sequestered hydrocarbons from impermeable rock formations during unconventional oil and gas development, is an inherently thirsty process that can require millions of gallons of fresh water, while also producing millions of gallons of chemically rich waste. As such, the recent expansion of unconventional

Ionic Liquid Cosolvents: An Effective Way To Analyze Chemical Spills In Shale Energy Basins

Over the past decade, scientists have scoured through shale energy basins across the United States to analyze and better understand the environmental implications of unconventional oil and gas development (UD). The growing body of research indicates that UD does not alter the environment in a systematic fashion, but rather on an episodic basis. Nonetheless, numerous

Detecting Harmful Pathogens In Water: Characterizing The Link Between Fracking And Water Safety

Unconventional oil and gas development (UD) is the process of extracting oil and natural gas from relatively impermeable subsurface shale. Within UD, the process of hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as ‘fracking’, is used to stimulate sequestered hydrocarbons from the target rock formations using a combination of water, sand, and chemical additives. Throughout the course