The below industry quote divides the world into two camps when it comes to horizontal hydraulic fracturing: those who are for it and those who are against it: Fracking has emerged as a contentious issue in many communities, and it is important to note that there are only two sides in the debate: those who want […]
About Ted Auch, PhD
Dr. Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator
Ted’s primary responsibilities include mapping and bringing to light data gaps associated with the waste, water, and land-use footprint of the unconventional oil and gas build-out across the Midwest/Great Lakes region of North America. Ted’s primary interests include frac sand mining, watershed security/resilience, the food-energy nexus, and oil and gas waste production, transport, and disposal.
Ted came to FracTracker after a successful stint as a Cleveland Botanical Garden postdoc fellow quantifying the Great Lakes Basin’s (GLB) vacant lot portfolio, constructing various Vacant Land Repurposing (VLR) scenario models, and working with institutions, urban planners, and community groups to understand the cost and benefits associated with VLR from an economic, social continuity, and environmental perspective. Prior to that, he completed a postdoc at Green Mountain College. Currently, Ted is also Adjunct Faculty at Cleveland State University.
Ted’s dissertation while finishing his PhD at the University of Vermont was titled “Modeling the interaction between climate, chemistry, and ecosystem fluxes at the global scale.” Prior to this work, Dr. Auch pursued an MS at Virginia Tech looking at the ecological effects of strip-mining and Mountain Top Removal (MTR) in West Virginia, southwest Virginia, and eastern Kentucky with a focus on soil ecology and plant diversity.
Outside of work, Ted is cultivating his interests in photography and guitar playing. He is avid fan of all things jazz, Yankees, Phish, and FC Barcelona. Ted and his wife Julia are proud parents of an amazing, nearly 3-year-old, little man named Michael Leaf.
Address: 2460 Fairmount Boulevard, Ste 204, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Phone: (802) 343-6771
Entries by Ted Auch, PhD
Oil, Gas, and Brine Oh My! By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance It was just three years ago that the Ohio Geological Survey (OGS) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were proposing – and expanding – their bullish stance on the potential Utica Shale oil and gas production “play.” Back in April […]
Ohio waterways face headwinds in the form of hydraulic fracturing water demand and waste disposal By Ted Auch, PhD – Great Lakes Program Coordinator, and Elliott Kurtz, GIS Intern and University of Michigan Graduate Student In just 44 of its 88 counties, Ohio houses 1,134 wells – including those producing oil and natural gas and […]
By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, and Elliott Kurtz, GIS Intern The Great Lakes may see a major increase in the number of sand mines developed in the name of fracking. What impacts has the area already seen, and does future development mean for the region’s ecosystem and land use? Introduction Sand is a necessary […]
Each silica sand mine displaces 871 acres of wetlands and more than 12 square miles of forests and agriculture land in Wisconsin to provide the shale gas industry with fracking proppant. By Juliana Henao, Communications Intern Silica sand is used by the oil and gas industry as a way to prop open the fractures made […]
By Ted Auch, PhD – Great Lakes Program Coordinator Waste Trends in Ohio It has been nearly 2 years since last we looked at the injection well landscape in Ohio. Are existing disposals wells receiving just as much waste as before? Have new injection wells been added to the list of those permitted to receive oil […]
By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator A financial crisis seems to have been averted as the price of crude oil is beginning to stabilize – at least for now. One must wonder how such a volatile market affects oil and gas’ Wall Street, private equity, and pension fund followers, however. We have found that […]
The US Food, Energy, Water Interface Examined By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator With the emergence of concerns about the Food, Energy, Water (FEW) intersection as it relates to oil and gas (O&G) expansion, we thought it was time to dig into the numbers and ask some very simple questions about organic farms near […]
Yes and No… By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance We know from the most recent Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) permitting numbers that Carroll County, Ohio is home to 26% (461 of 1,778) of the state’s Utica permits and 43% (312 of 712) of all producing wells as of the end […]
Potential Land-Cover Change and Ecosystem Services By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Chieftain Metals Corp, a relatively large mining company, recently proposed to develop nine silica sand mines in the Barron County, Wisconsin towns of Sioux Creek and Dovre, as well as adjacent Public Land Survey System (PLSS) parcels.1 Here we show that […]