Methane baseline concentrations and sources in shallow aquifers from the shale gas-prone region of the St. Lawrence lowlands (Quebec, Canada).

  title={Methane baseline concentrations and sources in shallow aquifers from the shale gas-prone region of the St. Lawrence lowlands (Quebec, Canada).},
  author={Anja M Moritz and Jean-François H{\'e}lie and Daniele L Pinti and Marie Larocque and Diogo Barnetche and Sophie Retailleau and Ren{\'e} Lefebvre and Yves G{\'e}linas},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={49 7},
Hydraulic fracturing is becoming an important technique worldwide to recover hydrocarbons from unconventional sources such as shale gas. In Quebec (Canada), the Utica Shale has been identified as having unconventional gas production potential. However, there has been a moratorium on shale gas exploration since 2010. The work reported here was aimed at defining baseline concentrations of methane in shallow aquifers of the St. Lawrence Lowlands and its sources using δ(13)C methane signatures… CONTINUE READING
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