Fracking Transportation And Modeling : A Literature Review

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Fracking Transportation and Modeling: A Literature Review

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction 3
2.0 The impact of fracking on transportation: An overview of national, regional and safety challenges 4
2. 1 National challenges 4
2.2 Increasing safety Concerns 6
2.2.1 Pipeline safety issues 7
2.2.2 Railroad safety issues 7
2.2.3 Barge safety issues 10
2.2.4 Trucking safety issues 10
2.2.5 Safety concerns and impact on mode split 10
2.2 Regional challenges 11
3.0 Modeling fracking transportation needs: Issues and variables from existing modeling studies 12
3.1 Overview of the modeling studies identified 13
3.2 The Hydraulic Fracturing Supply Chains 13
3.1.1 Inbound movements 14
Fracking equipment and their transportation 15
Other inputs (cement, drilling mud, chemicals, gravel and pipes etc.) 16
(Fresh) water and its transportation modeling 16
Frac sand and its transportation 18
3.1.2 Outbound movements 19
Waste water disposal 19
Drill cuttings 20
Production: oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas 21
Natural gas 21
Oil and Natural gas liquids 22
3.1.3 Population growth impact 23
4.0 Supply Chains in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Case Study Area 24
4.1 Overview of the TMS play 24
4.2 Challenges and opportunities 25
4.3 Transportation issues 27
4.3.1 Transportation of frac sand 28
4.3.2 Transportation of water and frac waste 28
4.3.3 Beyond the TMS transportation advantage 29
5. Conclusion 30
References 31

Introduction
The U.S. is currently

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