B.F. Environmental Consultants based in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Poconos region has been providing professional environmental, hydrological, geological, and soils consulting services since 1985. The company specializes in the following areas: hydrogeological and wastewater evaluations for siting land-based wastewater disposal systems; overseeing the siting, exploration, and development of community/ commercial water supply sources; and other environmental services.
Stormwater Management Presentations
Display Presentation - 2010 Northeastern PA Energy Expo
More Recent Powerpoint Presentations
(Older Recent Presentations and References Below)
Presentation to the E. L. Rose Conservancy in Susquehanna County, PA on the Citizen Groundwater Database - Findings to Data, Recommendations for Testing, and Need for Private Well Construction Standards- (pdf)
Lehigh valley Clean Water Summit -- Sourcewater Protection - Maintaining the Balance (9/2011) (1 mb)
PA State Nursing Association - Marcellus Shale - Unearthing Environmental Health Issues for Nurses(pdf of event)- "Getting the Waters Tested - The Marcellus Shale Factor -
October 7, 2011- Link to Event. Notes for Nurses - Final Presentation .
November 14 and November 15, 2011 - 2011 Private Well Symposium - The importance for Fixing Private Wells in Pennsylvania - The Marcellus Shale Factor-Concurrent Session 3: Hydrofracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater (November 14, 2011 - 3:30 to 5:00 pm)- pdf version of presentation.
Recently Completed - South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition, an arm of the Countryside Conservancy- 11/17/2011
Recently Completed - Wayne County Task Force 11/18/2011- Methane Gas Migration - Link to Local Story.
Recently Completed- New Getting the Waters Tested - The Marcellus Shale Factor - An Industry Perspective. November 4, 2011 - 9:00 - Noon - Hosted by Wilkes University.
"Getting the Waters Tested - An Industry Perspective" - PIOGA Winter Conference - Feb. 8, 2012.
Getting the Waters Tested - The Marcellus Shale Factor - An Industry Perspective and How to Work With Private Well Owners and the Community. March 9, 2012- 9:00 - Noon - Hosted by Wilkes University.
Presentation - PWEA Conference on Marcellus Shale - March 16, 2012.
Marcellus Shale for Young Adults (pdf) - Presentation for DCNR (March 2012).
Recently Completed - November 14 and November 15, 2011 - 2011 Private Well Symposium - The importance for Fixing Private Wells in Pennsylvania - The Marcellus Shale Factor-Concurrent Session 3: Hydrofracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater (November 14, 2011 - 3:30 to 5:00 pm)- pdf version of presentation
Recently Completed - "Getting the Waters Tested - An Industry Perspective" - PIOGA Winter Conference - Feb. 8, 2012.
Recently Completed - Getting the Waters Tested - The Marcellus Shale Factor - An Industry Perspective and How to Work With Private Well Owners and the Community. March 9, 2012- 9:00 - Noon - Hosted by Wilkes University (Webinar may be available).
Recently Completed Presentation - PWEA Conference on Marcellus Shale - March 16, 2012.
Groundwater / Private Well Owner Education Events in Lackawanna County, PA - Event 1,
Event 2 (March 20, 2012), and Event 3 (April 24, 2012)
Recently Completed -Marcellus Shale for Young Adults (pdf) - Presentation for DCNR (March 2012)
Recently Completed -Marcellus Shale 201 -Lackawanna College- Outreach to Citizens and Private Well Owners - April 2012
Recently Completed -Fact Based Presentation for Girl Scouts in Carbon County, PA and Carbon County Groundwater Guardians- Marcellus Shale - Water Issues, Groundwater Quality, and Private Wells (May 2012)
Recently Completed -Nature Abounds - Meeting, QA Session, and Dialogue about Private Wells, Marcellus Shale Drilling, Toured a Local Well Site and More- The Forest Summit.
Internal Project -ON-GOING- A Fact Based Well by Well Review of the EPA Data for Dimock, PA.
Recently Completed - Franklin Forks, PA - Introduction to Groundwater, Private Wells, Groundwater Quality, The Citizens Database, and Methane Gas Migration - Working as a Community to Make Positive Change, June 2012.
August 5, 2012 - Presentation on Black Shale Unconventional Gas in Lithuania - Lessons Learned in the United States - Presented to Simonas Satunas - Deputy Chief of Mission and Evaldas Stankevicius - First Lithuanian Cultural Attache to the United States, Scranton Chamber, and Local Watershed Groups. The event ended with a tour of natural gas drilling and development activities in Susquehanna County, PA.
November 3, 2012 - Getting the Waters Tested - Working as a Community to Track Change in Corry, PA - This was an education event that was sponsored by the Brokenstraw Watershed Council, Caldwell Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited and B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. Color Pdf of presentation .
November 9, 2012 - Soils - Soil Morphology and Stormwater and Wastewater Management -Continuing Education Course taught by Mr. Brian Oram at Wilkes University, plus handouts on Confined Space issues and Alternative Septic Systems)
Proposed PADEP Policy on Nitrates and Septic Systems in PA- Proposed Requlations and Our Blog Post, Our Presentation to County Governments, News Article 1, News Article 2, Our Review of PADEP Myth and Fact On the Proposed Guidance and Formal Comments to PADEP (May 2013)
West Virginia Water and Wellness Event - Panel Discussion (June 2013)
Wayne County, Pennsylvania - Presentation for a Lake Association on Marcellus, Utica, andBaseline Testing. (June 2013)
Lafayette College - Guest Speaker - "Life After Earning a BS and MS Degree- Working as a Professional in Pennsylvania- The Challenges for Our State." (September 2013).
Eastern Water Quality Association Conference - "Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic
Fracturing - What it Means To- Mr. and Mrs. Jones - The Third Party Professional" (September 2013). (Continuing Educuation Credits Avaiable - see Document)
Where is the Water Table ? The Role of Episaturation and Endosaturation in Pennsylvania
Regulations- Full Day with Field Training- Course Materials, Presentation, and Credits Available - Request details (September 2013).
Careers in Energy - Tunkhannock High School - Earth Sciences, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Energy Audit, Weatherization/ Efficiency, Sustainability and More (Presentation- Feb 2014) (Version 2 - updated presentation)
House Energy and Environmental Testimony on Riparian Buffers for EV and HQ Streams
Eastern Regional Water Quality Association Conference - The 3 Ds in Natural Gas Development and the Role of the Water Industry (September 2014) Maryland.
Recent Presentation in Sullivan County on Groundwater Quality, Marcellus Shale, Baseline Testing, Groundwater Contamination, and the Real Questions and Concerns (May 2014)
(Continuing Education Credits available for licensed professionals)
Shale Justice Spring Break (March 2014)- Presentation on Baseline Water Testing - Private Well Water Contamination/ Pathways- Natural Gas Development - Presentation Available for Review - 2 continuing education units available for PE, PG, and PLS - Issued by B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.
PASEO Conference Presentation - Soil Profile Description and Classification - The POT Approach (March 9 - 11) - Presentation available for Review - 2 contiuning education units are available for PE, PG, and PLS- Issued by B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.
Kings College - Presentation on Energy, Conservation, Environmental Issues - Taking the First Step to Change (February 2015).naturalgaskings2015b.pdf (Continuing Education Credits available for licensed professionals).
Interesting PDF Files (Sorry to Say - Mostly Related to Marcellus Shale)
Nitrogen Gas Fracturing Process
Hydraulic Fracturing Paper - World Watch
Induced Fracturing - Barnett and Marcellus Shale
Hydraulic Fracturing Report - ALL Consulting
Frac Water Chemistry - BJ Services
Frac Water Chemistry - Haliburton
Marcellus Shale Study Guide - League of Women Voters
Region 8 - Pavillion Area (Woming) - Initial Study
How to Shock Disinfect a Well
Congress of US Report - 2/18/2010 - MOU Hydraulic Fracturing
New Manual or Guide for Private Wellowners on Water Quality
PA Hydrofracturing - State Review - September 2010
Real-Time Measurement to Optimize Placement of Marcellus Shale Wells
PA DEP Listing of Frac Chemicals - based on June 30, 2010 Survey (This
is a review of MSDS sheets within permit and lists all chemicals cited) Note:
Not every company uses all these chemicals.
CHK - Chesapeake Energy - Frac Chemicals
Talisma Energy Frac- Chemicals
Range Resources - Frac Chemicals
PADEP File Review by Others - Chemistry of Flowback Water- VOCs, SOCs, Inorganics, Glycols, and Radiologicals
Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Management of Canadian Geese
Natural Gas - Marcellus Shale - Challenges / Opportunies (USEPA)
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) - Oil and Gas Development
Classification of Radioactive Waste
CleanStim System- Frac Fluid System
Brine Water Quality - Oil and Gas Pennsylvania- Chemistry / Origin Western Pennsylvania
Sampling and Analysis of Water Streams from Marcellus Shale Development (2009)
PADEP Recommendations for Baseline Testing of Private Wells - This is a
Basic Oil & Gas Pre-Drill Parameters they are Recommending (11/2010)-
Commonwaters Partnership -Natural Gas Best Management Practices - Delaware
River Basin Region
Citizens Guide to the Marcellus Shale (Fall 2010)
Letter from EPA to PADEP on Radiologicals (3/7/2011)
Oil Field Brines - geochemical analysis and information
PA Model Ordinance Related to Natural Gas - Good Start
Methane Gas Migration / Wells - PADEP, Kentucky, PSU, and Stray Gas Migration.
Recent Presentation at AWWA on Bromide and TTHMs (not my work)
Comments - My Contribution to the Evaluation of the Duke Study
Information on Stray Gas Analysis and Isotopic Analysis
Secretary of Energy - Shale Gas Report - August 2011
The Experts ?- Drs Howarth, Ingraffea & Engelder debate pro's & con's of hydrofracking
My General Comments on this Article (2011).
PSU Summary Report - Private Well Water Quality in PA (2007).
New Report on Natural Gas Well Cementing (2012)
RAND Report on Using Acid Mineage Drainage (2011)
Recent Report on Methane Gas - Fingerprinting (2012)
PA Geologic Survey and PA Council of Professional Geologists review of the Tom Myers paper titled "Potential Contamination Pathways from Hydraulically Fractured Shale to Aquifers" (2012).
History of Oil and Gas Development in Pennsylvania
Legislative and Legal History on Hydraulic Fracturing
Insurance Issues and Hydraulic Fracturing
Theis Related to Wayne County, PA
Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing (2011) - from Survey in 2005 to 2009.
PADEP - Updated Basic Parameter List - April 2014
Michigan Baseline Testing - 9/2012
PA Guide to Water Supply Replacement Subsidence Damage Repair (Mining).