Uinta Basin Water Study

Water-Related Issues Affecting Conventional Oil and Gas Recovery and Potential Oil Shale Development in the Uinta Basin, Utah

Funded by National Energy Technology Laboratory

Uinta Basin water study

Overall Goal

This Uinta Basin water study will help alleviate problems associated with produced saline water as a means to facilitate increased conventional hydrocarbon production and help resolve water-related environmental barriers to possible oil shale development.

Topics

  • Moderately Saline Aquifer Study Goal: Re-map the base of moderately saline water in the Uinta Basin to better facilitate water disposal permitting and to protect fresh-water resources.
  • Geologic Examination of the Birds Nest Aquifer Goal: Study the spatial and stratigraphic extent of the Birds Nest aquifer to determine the possible impacts of saline water disposal on future oil shale development.
  • Baseline Water Quality and Quantity DatabaseGoal: Create a baseline water quality and quantity GIS database for lands in the Uinta Basin identified by the BLM as having oil shale development potential.
Publications

Technology Status Assessment
Water Quality Assurance Project Plan

Survey Notes Article

Saline Water Disposal in the Uinta Basin, Utah — Protecting fresh water while allowing for increased hydrocarbon production
from Survey Notes, May 2010

Publications

Geological characterization of the Birds Nest aquifer, Uinta Basin, Utah: Assessment of the aquifer’s potential as a saline water disposal zone, by Michael D. Vanden Berg, Danielle R. Lehle, Stephanie M. Carney, and Craig D. Morgan, CD (47 p., 31 pl. [contains GIS data]), ISBN 978-1-55791-874-1, 2013 SS-147  $39.95
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Baseline water quality and estimated quantity for selected sites in the southeastern Uinta Basin, Utah, by Janae Wallace, CD (24 p. + 4 appendices), 2012 OFR-595 $14.95
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Moderately saline groundwater in the Uinta Basin, Utah
Special Study 144
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  • Report (pdf- 9MB)
  • Plate 1 BMSW elevation contour map, Uinta Basin, Utah (pdf – 2MB)
  • Plate 2 Contour map of elevation difference of saline water analysis sample points that lie above the BMSW (pdf – 3.B)
  • Plate 3 Contour map of elevation difference of “non-saline” water analysis sample points that lie below the BMSW (pdf – 1.5MB)
  • Plate 4 Depth to the BMSW (pdf – 14MB)
  • Plate 5 A–A’ west to east cross section (northern) (pdf – 6.5MB)
  • Plate 6 B–B’ west to east cross section (middle) (pdf – 5MB)
  • Plate 7 C–C’ west to east cross section (southern) (pdf – 3MB)
  • Plate 8 D–D’ north to south cross section (western) (pdf – 4MB)
  • Plate 9 E–E’ north to south cross section (eastern) (pdf – 18MB)
  • Appendix A Water Chemstry Database (xls)
  • Appendix B TP-92 points “best guess” API number and locations (xls)
  • Appendix C Grid Reports for plates (pdf)

Reference

Quarterly Reports
Abstracts

Abstracts

2012

2011

2010

2009

Presentations

Presentations

Geologic Characterization of the Birds Nest Aquifer in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Assessing the Aquifer’s Potential as a Significant Saline Water Disposal Zone

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Stephanie Carney, and Craig D. Morgan, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at 2012 AAPG, Long Beach, California, April 2012

pdf pdf file, Poster title panel
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (2MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (2MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 3 (7.5MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 4 (6.5MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 5 (3.5MB)

Final close-out presentation to NETL

Michael D. Vanden Berg, PI, Utah Geological Survey
Presented March 14, 2012

pdf Presentation (11MB)

Stratigraphic Characterization of the Birds Nest Aquifer in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Updated Research Regarding the Aquifer’s Potential as a Significant Saline Water Disposal Zone

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Stephanie M. Carney, Craig D. Morgan, and Danielle Lehle, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at AAPG-RMS Annual Conference, Cheyenne, WY, June 2011

pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (2MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (2MB)

Analysis of seasonal water-quality data in the Uinta Basin, eastern Utah

Janae Wallace, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at the GSA – Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Joint Meeting, Logan, UT, May 2011

pdf Presentation (16MB)

New Insights Regarding Aquifers in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Implications for Saline Water Disposal

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Paul B. Anderson, Craig D. Morgan, Stephanie Carney
Presented at the AAPG Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April 2011

pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (1MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (3MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 3 (6MB)

Year 2 Review Meeting Presentations

Michael D. Vanden Berg, PI, Utah Geological Survey
Paul B. Anderson, Consulting Geologist
Janae Wallace, Utah Geological Survey
Presented January 13, 2011

pdf file. Task 2: Base of the Moderately Saline Aquifer (1.6MB)
pdf file. Task 3: Birds Nest Aquifer (6MB)
pdf file. Task 4: Baseline Water Quality Study (7.4MB)

Saline Water Disposal into the Birds Nest Aquifer in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Updated Research on the Implications for Oil Shale Development

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at the 30th Oil Shale Symposium, Golden, CO, October 2010

pdf Presentation (4.7MB)

Stratigraphic Characterization of the Birds Nest Aquifer in the Uinta Basin, Utah: Implications for Saline Water Disposal from Natural Gas Production

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Stephanie M. Carney, Craig D. Morgan, and Michael D. Laine, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at AAPG-RMS Annual Conference, Durango, CO, June 2010

pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (3MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (5MB)

Understanding the Aquifers in the Uinta Basin, Utah: A Key to Solving the Basin’s Saline Water Disposal Problem

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Craig D. Morgan, and Stephanie Carney, Utah Geological Survey
Paul B. Anderson, Consulting Geologist
Presented at AAPG Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2010

pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (3MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (7MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 3 (3MB)

Saline Water Disposal into the Birds Nest Aquifer in Uintah County, Utah:  Implications for Potential Oil Shale Development
Michael D. Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at the 29th Oil Shale Symposium, Golden, CO, October 2009

pdf Presentation (2.7MB)

Year 1 Review Meeting Presentations

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey
Paul B. Anderson, Consulting Geologist
Janae Wallace, Utah Geological Survey
Presented October 8, 2009

pdf Project Overview
pdf Task 2: Base of the Moderately Saline Aquifer (2.5MB)
pdf Task 3: Birds Nest Aquifer (3MB)
pdf Task 4: Baseline Water Quality Study (3MB)

Understanding the Birds Nest Aquifer in Uintah County, Utah:  A Potential Source for Large-Scale Saline Water Disposal
Michael D. Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey
Presented at the Ground Water Protection Council – Water/Energy Sustainability Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2009

pdf pdf file, Poster (6MB)

Saline water disposal in the Uinta Basin, Utah: The single most pressing issue with regard to increasing petroleum production and protecting freshwater aquifers

Michael D. Vanden Berg, Stephanie M. Carney, Craig D. Morgan, and Michael D. Laine, Utah Geological Survey
Paul B. Anderson, Consulting Geologist
Presented at the AAPG Annual Conference, Denver, CO, June 2009

pdf pdf file, Poster panel 1 (6MB)
pdf pdf file, Poster panel 2 (6MB)

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