Traffic & Infrastructure
Fracking operations require large numbers of vehicles, particularly in the first months of operation during well pad construction and drilling. Throughout a well's lifetime, vehicles may be needed for transport of fracking fluids, construction materials, and potentially the extracted gas itself. There is concern over what impact these vehicles may have on local infrastructure, air quality and road safety, particularly given the likely rural location of fracking operations. ReFINE research will use modelling to attempt to predict and quantify what impacts traffic may have under different scenarios.
Research paper by Paul Goodman, Fabio Galatioto, Neil Thorpe, Anil Namdeo, Richard Davies, Roger Bird.
Published in Environment International, 2016.
An assessment of the footprint and carrying capacity of oil and gas well sites. The implications for limiting hydrocarbon reserves
Research paper by Sarah Clancy, Fred Worrall, Richard Davies and Jon Gluyas.
Published in Sceince of the Total Environment, 2017.
Summary of the research paper "Investigating the Traffic-related Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic-fracturing (Fracking) Operations" by Goodman et al. 2016.
Traffic Modelling - Completed
A model is developed to predict the local effects of traffic associated with fracking in terms of air quality, noise, number of vehicles etc.
Published February 2016
Extension to Traffic Modelling
Work will be done to expand and refine the Traffic Impact Model developed as part of previously published ReFINE work on traffic.
Publication expected Early 2017
The Guardian Discusses ReFINE Traffic Study
The Guardian discusses the 2016 ReFINE paper "Investigating the Traffic-related Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fractring (Fracking) Operations." The paper tested a newly developed model using a variety of potential fracking scenarios to begin to estimate potential impacts from traffic on noise, air quality, road damage etc.