Queen’s civil engineers explore how to better detect methane contamination from natural gas extraction

Posted on September 24, 2019


Unconventional oil and gas operations are ever-growing as the abundance of conventional oil resources declines. Unlike the petroleum obtained by pumping directly from concentrated deposits via an oil well, unconventional oil and gas is held tightly in porous rock and requires different methods of extraction. One concern associated with these extraction methods is stray gas migration, in which gas is unintentionally released into overlying aquifers, potentially contaminating groundwater and releasing greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

This is the principal area of study for Cole Van De Ven, a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Dr. Kevin Mumford in the Department of Civil Engineering here at Queen’s University. Read more...