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TestAmerica Speaks on Environmental Monitoring of Natural Gas Drilling Operations at the 2nd Annual DUG East Conference


Dr. Jack Tuschall, TestAmerica’s General Manager, will present on the challenges of designing and conducting analytical monitoring of hydraulic fracturing drilling sites at the 2010 Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference & Exhibition. The presentation will be given on November 4, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The aspects of hydraulic fracturing are a growing environmental and legal liability, requiring sound analytical data to support responsible drilling activities. Environmental monitoring data are frequently subject to challenges by government and private interests, thus a sound, quality based analytical program is a necessity. Under the Stakeholders’ Roundtable: Protect and Produce session, Dr. Tuschall will review the common challenges of gathering and analyzing pertinent data for drilling sites that employ hydraulic fracturing. The presentation will also evaluate the four factors required to ensure that drilling operations meet the objectives of optimizing shale plays and sustaining land use, while avoiding added costs in unnecessary analytical work.

Dr. Tuschall has more than 25 years of extensive experience in managing full-service analytical laboratories and analytical methods development. In a previous role as TestAmerica’s Program Director—LIMS and Best Practices, Dr. Tuschall developed appropriate company-wide interfaces and programs, driving best practices throughout TestAmerica. For more information on analytical services involved with natural gas exploration, please contact Dr. Tuschall through TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert website.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 33 service centers. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, explosives, specialty organics, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.

TestAmerica affiliate companies include EMLab P&K, the leader in analytical microscopy and indoor air quality; QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems; TestAmerica Drilling Corp., provider of innovative environmental and geotechnical drilling; and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs nearly 2,800 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


 environmental testing
 natural gas exploration
 DUG East Conference
 hydraulic fracturing
 shale plays

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