Watching Government: Remote wellsite activity

A West Virginia University research associate professor has developed a technology to remotely monitor Marcellus shale natural gas wells with help from a research partnership supported by the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. Michael McCawley, of WVU's Department of Community Medicine, has been testing a wireless system involving three wireless modules to measure volatile organic compounds, dust, light, and sound at a site in Washington County, Pa., where a tight shale gas well is about to be drilled. Each module includes a radio transceiver; a 12-volt, battery-powered monitor; and a batter within a protective case, according to WVU. A 2 ft by 5 ft solar pan...

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