Understanding the impact

As hydraulic fracturing or fracking has burgeoned, so have speculations about its environmental impact. Both citizens and government officials have questioned whether fracking could compromise our drinking water sources.

We support businesses—including oil and gas exploration companies, water treatment companies, and drinking and wastewater treatment facilities—by providing a broad range of products and services to help them:

  • Minimize environmental impact on groundwater
  • Improve fracking processes
  • Dispose of wastewater, drill cuttings, and brines prior to disposal

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  •  Download poster note: Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water Analysis Using In-line Conductivity, Automated Dilution, and Ion Chromatography

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  • The experimental procedure for strontium and barium:
  •  Download application note: Determination of Cations in Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water from the Marcellus Shale
  • For bromide:
  •  Download application note: Determination of Anions and Cations in Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing

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  •  Download white paper: The Importance of Anion and Organic Acid Determinations in Fracking Wastewater by Ion Chromatography

methane regulation

The first US EPA methane regulation

On Jan. 14, 2015, the US EPA has outlined the plan to regulate methane and smog-forming volatile organic compounds emissions from the oil and gas industry. This is the first time that emission of methane, the major component of natural gas, is regulated. The EPA plans to issue the proposed rule later this summer and make a final rule in 2016.

The major unconventional technology for natural gas production is hydraulic fracturing. During the process, methane is produced by releasing to the air or dissolved in the fracking water. The following resources provide detection methods for methane dissolved in water.

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