Brine Research Instrumentation and Experimental (BRInE) Laboratory

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The "BRInE" laboratory participates in the collection and inorganic analysis of produced waters for geochemical fingerprinting and interpretation, environmental and human health impacts (e.g., disposal, reuse), and understanding of potential mineral commodities.

Enhance your Science - Work with the BRInE Laboratory

Enhance your Science - Work with the BRInE Laboratory

The BRInE laboratory adresses the challenges of analyzing produced waters by adapting traditional methods of water analysis. If interested in working with the BRInE laboratory, please contact the Lab Manager, Aaron Jubb:

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USGS National Produced Waters Geochemical Database v2.3

USGS National Produced Waters Geochemical Database v2.3

The U.S. Geological Survey National Produced Waters Geochemical Database v2.3 is an updated compilation of geochemical and related information for water from oil and gas wells in the United States.

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Year Published: 2020

Utica shale play oil and gas brines: Geochemistry and factors influencing wastewater management

The Utica and Marcellus Shale Plays in the Appalachian Basin are the fourth and first largest natural gas producing plays in the United States, respectively. Hydrocarbon production generates large volumes of brine (“produced water”) that must be disposed of, treated, or reused. Though Marcellus brines have been studied extensively, there are few...

Blondes, Madalyn S.; Shelton, Jenna L.; Engle, Mark A; Trembly, Jason; Doolan, Colin A.; Jubb, Aaron M.; Chenault, Jessica; Rowan, Elisabeth L.; Haefner, Ralph J.; Mailot, Brian E.

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Year Published: 2020

Origin and geochemistry of formation waters from the lower Eagle Ford Group, Gulf Coast Basin, south central Texas

The lower Eagle Ford Group (LEFG) is one of the most productive continuous hydrocarbon plays in the United States but few associated produced waters data and minimal interpretation have been published. This effort focuses on results from compositional and isotopic data from 39 produced water samples collected from horizontal wells producing from...

Engle, Mark A; Doolan, Colin A.; Pitman, Janet K.; Varonka, Matthew S.; Chenault, Jessica; Orem, William H.; McMahon, Peter B.; Jubb, Aaron M.

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Year Published: 2019

Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison.

Accurate and precise analyses of oil and gas (O&G) wastewaters and solids (e.g., sediments and sludge) are important for the regulatory monitoring of O&G development and tracing potential O&G contamination in the environment. In this study, 15 laboratories participated in an inter-laboratory comparison on the chemical characterization...

Tasker, Travis L.; Burgos, William D; Ajemigbitse, Moses A; Lauer, Nancy E.; Gusa, Alen V; Kuatbek, Maksat; May, Dustin; Landis, Joshua D.; Alessi, Daniel S.; Johnsen, Amanda M; Kaste, James M; Headrick, Kurt; Wilke, Franziska DH; McNeal, Mark; Engle, Mark A.; Jubb, Aaron M.; Vidic, Radisav; Vengosh, Avner; Warner, Nathaniel R.