Entries by Ted Auch, PhD

Threats to Ohio’s Water Security

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 […]

Quick Sand: Frack Sand Mining in Wisconsin

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 […]

Chieftain’s Wisconsin Frac Sand Mine Proposal

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 […]

The Water-Energy Nexus in Ohio, Part II

OH Utica Production, Water Usage, and Waste Disposal by County Part II of a Multi-part Series By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance In this part of our ongoing “Water-Energy Nexus” series focusing on Water and Water Use, we are looking at how counties in Ohio differ between how much oil and gas […]

The Water-Energy Nexus in Ohio, Part I

OH Utica Production, Water Usage, and Changes in Lateral Length Part I of a Multi-part Series By Ted Auch, OH Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance As shale gas expands in Ohio, how too does water use? We conducted an analysis of 500+ Utica wells in an effort to better understand the water-energy nexus in Ohio between […]