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Fingerprinting "stray" formation fluids associated and production with hydrocarbon exploration and production

Benjamin Rostron and Serguey Arkadakskiy
Fingerprinting "stray" formation fluids associated and production with hydrocarbon exploration and production (in Unconventional hydrocarbons, David R. Cole (editor) and Michael A. Arthur (editor))
Elements (August 2014) 10 (4): 285-290

Abstract

Formation water or hydrocarbons occurring at surface and subsurface locations away from their point of origin are often referred to as "stray fluids." Efforts to identify the sources of these fluids have provided important insights for optimizing hydrocarbon exploration and production. With the rapid growth in hydraulic fracturing operations, the source of associated fluids is becoming the focus of scientists and environmental regulators. Many geochemical techniques are available for fingerprinting stray fluids, but the information from traditional approaches can be difficult to interpret in some oil and natural gas settings. New isotopic techniques, using signatures of (super 18) O, (super 2) H, (super 13) C, (super 87/86) Sr, and others, are now placing better constraints on the interpretation of stray-fluid origins. These new isotopic fingerprinting methods are being used by the hydrocarbon industry to solve problems and safeguard public health.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 10
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Fingerprinting "stray" formation fluids associated and production with hydrocarbon exploration and production
Title: Unconventional hydrocarbons
Author(s): Rostron, BenjaminArkadakskiy, Serguey
Author(s): Cole, David R.editor
Author(s): Arthur, Michael A.editor
Affiliation: University of Alberta, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geosciences, University Park, PA, United States
Pages: 285-290
Published: 201408
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2014-099612
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Ohio State University, USA, United StatesIsobrine Solutions, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America
Update Code: 201450
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