Session 2 Air Quality Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room 356 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Host: 18th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry
Arsineh Hecobian, Colorado State University, Atmospheric Science Department, Fort Collins, CO and Shane M. Murphy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Recent increases in oil and gas extraction and production activities have raised questions about the ambient impact of the emissions from these processes and facilities, which have been known to emit a variety of compounds to the atmosphere that can affect local, regional and possibly global air quality. As future plans for the increase of oil and gas production are considered in the United States, the overall effect on air quality is an important consideration. Research conducted on qualifying and quantifying these emissions is relatively new, and many more experiments and modeling studies are needed to provide a clear understanding of them and their impact on air quality. This session will allow scientists to showcase their observational and modeling studies concerning emissions from oil and gas development and their impacts on air quality. The session will include invited talks and submitted oral and poster presentations. Student participation will be especially encouraged. Student presentations are particularly encouraged. Students are eligible to compete for cash prizes and certificates from AMS awarded to outstanding first author student presentations.

4:15 PM
Regional Emissions of Methane from the Marcellus Shale Formation Using a Continuous Atmospheric Monitoring System
Thomas Lauvaux, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and Z. Barkley, Y. Cao, K. J. Davis, A. Karion, E. K. kim, E. Kort, N. Miles, D. K. Martins, S. Richardson, S. schwietzke, M. Smith, M. J. W. Stewart, C. Sweeney, G. Cervone, and T. Murphy

4:30 PM
Air Quality Impacts from Natural Gas Development as Observed in Western Maryland
Natalie Pekney, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; and M. Reeder and J. Dreessen
4:45 PM
Emission rates of Volatile Organic Compounds Associated with Natural Gas Extraction Activities in Western Colorado
Arsineh Hecobian, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; and A. Clements, L. P. MacDonald, Y. Zhou, K. Shonkwiler, B. L. Wells, Y. Desyaterik, J. Ham, J. R. Pierce, and J. L. Collett Jr.

5:00 PM
Quantification of Methane and Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Production in the Uintah Basin
Anna Robertson, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; and R. Edie, R. Field, J. Soltis, D. C. McCabe, P. B. Shepson, T. N. Lavoie, A. Heimburger, J. A. de Gouw, M. Omara, M. R. Sullivan, X. Li, R. Subramanian, A. Robinson, A. Presto, J. C. Lin, S. Lyman, and S. M. Murphy

5:15 PM
Emissions of Methane, Volatile Organic Compounds, and Black Carbon from Natural Gas and Oil Development, and an Examination of the Fat-Tail Problem (Invited Presentation)
R. Subramanian, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; and A. L. Robinson, A. A. Presto, X. Li, M. Omara, M. Sullivan, J. R. Roscioli, S. C. Herndon, L. Williams, T. L. Vaughn, D. Zimmerle, A. J. Marchese, C. Weyant, T. Bond, A. Heimburger, P. B. Shepson, D. C. McCabe, and E. Baum

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