Natural Gas Working Group

The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) Natural Gas Working Group was formed in October 2017 by the PRI Executive Director’s office. The purpose of the group is to be an objective, technical working group that 1) assists stakeholders in their responses to address the natural gas leak that occurred from Manlove Field near Fisher, Illinois, and its associated natural resource impacts, and 2) consider natural gas storage activities in Illinois as they relate to natural resource characterization, management, and protection issues.

 

The working group’s leader is Randy Locke; the point of contact for inquiries and requests is Trish Barker (tlbarker@illinois.edu; 217-300-2327).  

Near-Term Tasks

  • Develop a list of key reports and data generated or maintained by PRI that can be used as a basis for the sound scientific characterization of the local geology, hydrology, water chemistry, and related natural resources associated with the gas leakage from Manlove Field.
  • Assist stakeholders, including state agencies and offices (e.g., Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Emergency Management Agency), in their responses to the gas leakage from Manlove Field. PRI assistance may include technical review of information based on areas of expertise of PRI staff, especially related to natural resource characterization, management, and protection.

Longer-Term Tasks

  • Review natural gas storage activities in Illinois as they relate to natural resource characterization, management, and protection issues. As appropriate, make recommendations for improving the safe and reliable operation of natural gas storage in Illinois in the context of existing state and federal requirements.

Members

Name

Area of Expertise

Contact: Trish Barker 

tlbarker@illinois.edu

217-200-2327

External Communications

Group leader: Randy Locke

Environmental Monitoring

Sallie Greenberg

Stakeholder Engagement

Walt Kelly

Aqueous Geochemistry

Hannes Leetaru

Bedrock Geology

George Roadcap

Groundwater Flow Modeling

Andrew Stumpf

Glacial Geology

Jason Thomason

Hydrogeology, Geophysics

Steve Whittaker

Gas Storage Operations

Rick Winkel

Policy

Mark Yacucci

Data

 

 Reports & Presentations