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Daniel Soeder

Work Phone: 304-285-5258
Location: Morgantown
Office: B26-361A
Email: Daniel.Soeder@NETL.DOE.GOV

Dan Soeder is a geologist, hydrologist, technical project coordinator and research scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Office of Research and Development. His primary research interest is environmental risk assessments related to the production of unconventional fossil energy, mostly focused on water resources. His approach consists of field monitoring, laboratory experiments and modeling. Mr. Soeder’s other research interests include characterizing gas shales through the application of cutting edge geological, petrographic and petrophysical investigations to better understand the behavior of shale for improved efficiency of hydrocarbon recovery, and the potential future use of depleted shales for the geological sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. The behavior of liquids and gases in shale pores may be linked to the pore structure, which is in turn determined by geological properties such as depositional environment and diagenesis. The goal of this work is to improve the predictability of shale.

Prior to transferring to DOE in July 2009, Mr. Soeder was a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Science Center in Baltimore, investigating the water resources of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. His research focused on groundwater supply, water quality, coastal hydrology and tidal wetlands, and included three years of service as chair of the Delaware Estuary Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). From 1990 to 1998, he worked on the DOE Yucca Mountain Project in southern Nevada as the USGS field coordinator and liaison with DOE for geological and hydrological site characterization studies at a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository. These included geophysical data collection, drilling, coring, geologic mapping, aquifer testing and water quality sampling. Before joining the USGS in 1991, he carried out research on unconventional natural gas resources, such as coalbed methane, tight gas sands, and eastern gas shale at the Gas Technology Institute in Chicago. Mr. Soeder worked as a contractor for DOE in Morgantown, WV from 1979-1981, where he collected and characterized drill cores on the Eastern Gas Shales Project.

Geology • Hydrology • Environmental risk assessment


Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, Ohio
M.S., Geology, Coastal and Marine Carbonates, 1978

Cleveland State University; Cleveland, Ohio
B.S., Geology, Minor in Physics, 1976


  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), 1983-Present
  • Geological Society of America (GSA), 1986-Present
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), Hydrology Section, 1991-Present
  • National Ground Water Association (NGWA), 2014

Select Publications:

  • Soeder, D. J., Sharma, S., Pekney, N., Hopkinson, L., Dilmore, R., Kutchko, B., Stewart, B., Carter, K., Hakala, A. and R. Capo. "An approach for assessing engineering risk from shale gas wells in the United States." In International Journal of Coal Geology, Special Issue: Unconventional Natural Gas and the Environment, edited by Daniel J. Soeder and Mark Engle. (2014): in press.
  • Soeder, D. J., Enomoto, C. B., and J. A. Chermak. "The Devonian Marcellus Shale and Millboro Shale," Elevating Geoscience in the Southeastern United States: New Ideas about Old Terranes—Field Guides for the GSA Southeastern Section Meeting, edited by C. M. Bailey and L. V. Coiner. Blacksburg, VA. 2014.
  • Geng, X., Davatzes, N. C., Soeder, D. J., Torlapati, J., Rodriguez, R. S., and M. C. Boufadel. "Migration of high-pressure air during gas well drilling in the Appalachian Basin." Journal of Environmental Engineering (2013): 46. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000769.
  • Soeder, D. J. "Shale gas development in the United States." In Advances in Natural Gas Technology. Edited by Hamid A. Al-Megren. ISBN 978-953-51-0507-7, InTech Open Access, Rijeka, Croatia (2012): DOI: 10.5772/2324, 542.
  • Rivard, C., Molson, J. W., Soeder, D. J., Johnson, E. G., Grasby, S. E., Wang, B., and A. A. Rivera. "Review of the November 24-25, 2011 shale gas workshop, Calgary, Alberta – Vol 2: groundwater resources." Open File Report 7096, Geological Survey of Canada, (2012).
  • Soeder, D. J. "The Marcellus Shale: Resources and Reservations, Eos, Transactions." American Geophysical Union Vol. 91 No. 32 (2010): 277–288.
  • Soeder, D. J., and W. M. Kappel. "Water resources and natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale." USGS Fact Sheet FS 2009-3032 (2009): 6.
  • Soeder, D. J., Raffensperger, J. P. and M. R. Nardi. "Effects of withdrawals on ground-water levels in Southern Maryland and adjacent Eastern Shore, 1980-2005." USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5249 (2007).
  • Kreeger, D., Tudor, R., Sharp, J., Kilham, S., Soeder, D., Maxwell-Doyle, M., Kraeuter, J., Frizzera, D., Hameedi, J., and C. Collier. "Status and needs of science in the Delaware Estuary." Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Report 06-01 (2006): 72.
  • Soeder, D. J. "The U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C." USGS Fact Sheet FS 2004-3004 (2004): 2.
  • Soeder, D. J., and C. V. Miller. "Ground-water contamination from lead shot at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Sussex County, Delaware." USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4282 (2003): 26.
  • Soeder, D. J. "Applications of fluorescence microscopy to the study of pores in tight rocks." AAPG Bulletin Vol. 74 No. 1 (1990): 30-40.
  • Soeder, D. J., and P. Chowdiah. "Pore geometry in high and low permeability sandstones, Travis Peak Formation, East Texas." SPE Formation Evaluation Vol. 5 (1990): 421-430.
  • Soeder, D. J. "Porosity and permeability of eastern Devonian gas shale." SPE Formation Evaluation Vol. 3 No. 2 (1988): 116-124.
  • Soeder, D. J., and P. L. Randolph. "Porosity, permeability and pore structure of the tight Mesaverde Sandstone, Piceance Basin, Colorado." SPE Formation Evaluation Vol. 2 No. 3 (1987): 129-136.
  • Soeder, D. J. "Laboratory drying procedures and the permeability of tight sandstone core." SPE Formation Evaluation Vol. 1 No. 1 (1986): 16-22.

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