Numerical modeling of fracking fluid migration through fault zones and fractures in the North German Basin

@article{Pfunt2016NumericalMO,
  title={Numerical modeling of fracking fluid migration through fault zones and fractures in the North German Basin},
  author={Helena Pfunt and Georg J. Houben and Thomas Himmelsbach},
  journal={Hydrogeology Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={24},
  pages={1343-1358}
}
Gas production from shale formations by hydraulic fracturing has raised concerns about the effects on the quality of fresh groundwater. The migration of injected fracking fluids towards the surface was investigated in the North German Basin, based on the known standard lithology. This included cases with natural preferential pathways such as permeable fault zones and fracture networks. Conservative assumptions were applied in the simulation of flow and mass transport triggered by a high… 
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