University of Calgary

New project to improve monitoring of fracking

Nov. 7, 2012

University of Calgary geophysics professor David Eaton and University of Alberta physicist Mirko van der Baan are working with the oil and gas industry on a new research project to improve hydraulic fracture treatments by using high-tech sensors to listen to the rock as it fractures.

Fracking is the technique of injecting fluid into cracks in underground rock formations, forcing them to open further and allowing additional oil and gas to flow out so it can be more easily extracted.

By using special sensors, University of Calgary and University of Alberta researchers along with ten industry partners are better able to track fractures in the rock during the hydraulic fracture treatment.

Who: David Eaton, a professor of geophysics in the University of Calgary’s Department of Geoscience and lead investigator in the $1.86 million microseismic monitoring program.

What: Eaton will be available to speak to media about his research by phone.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. until noon Eaton will be available by phone only. To arrange a phone interview please contact:

Media contact:

Sarah McGinnis
Media Relations Advisor University of Calgary
Phone: 403.220.4756
Cell: 403.512.2480
Email: smcginni@ucalgary.ca