fracking Articles

  • The Future For Fracking

    Summary -Fracking is an essential technology to meet growing global demand for oil and gas. -Fracking has become the "F" word, because it is very water-intensive, and has potential negative impacts on the environment. -The future of fracking will be constrained if adequate water is not available and if solutions for decontaminating wastewaters are not found. -Oil sands ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Persistent Drought Challenges Fracking

     Feature Article CleantechIQ.com - Executive Commentary Freshwater has historically been the base fluid essential for fracking, sweeping, and oil sands recovery because it has been abundant and readily available, and because of its low cost. Unfortunately, all of that is now changing due to a longer than expected global drought, and the industry is examining new options and ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Solution blooming for fracking spills?

    Blooming salts may clean up after brine spills North Dakota's oil boom can have a salty side-effect. Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is often laden with salts and can spill, contaminating soils. In 2014, for example, 42 such brine spills per week, on average, were recorded in North Dakota. Brine spills introduce so ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • MIOX bringing green tech to fracking

    Water purification firm MIOX Corp. is diving deep into the bowels of the oil and gas industry. The Albuquerque company, whose purification systems are used worldwide to clean water for municipalities and commercial businesses, will apply its technology for the first time to reduce toxicity and improve the efficiency of fluids that oil and gas companies use for hydraulic fracturing to crack open ...


    By MIOX Corporation

  • New York governor pauses `fracking`

    New York Gov. David Paterson has signed an executive order halting the controversial natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing until July 1. The process --- also known as "fracking" -- has come under scrutiny because of its alleged harmful effects on underground drinking water and the environment -- although industry leaders have insisted it's safe. The ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Health alert over fracking’s chemical cocktails

    Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists have found that what gets pumped into hydrocarbon-rich rock as part of the hydraulic fracture technique to release gas and oil trapped in underground reservoirs may not be entirely healthy. Environmental engineer William Stringfellow and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of the Pacific told ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Hydraulic “Fracking”: Are surface water impacts an ecological concern?

    Use of high‐volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in unconventional reservoirs to recover previously inaccessible oil and natural gas is rapidly expanding in North America and elsewhere. Although hydraulic fracturing has been practiced for decades, the advent of more technologically advanced horizontal drilling coupled with improved slickwater chemical formulations has allowed extensive natural ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Shale gas - Information on hydraulic fracturing (`fracking`)

    Shale gas is natural gas – mainly methane – trapped within the micropores of shale formations or adsorbed onto the shale (sedimentary rock). In Europe, known deposits exist in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Baltic States and Scandinavia. In Switzerland, deposits are suspected to lie in the Permo-Carboniferous trough of Northeastern Switzerland, below Lake ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Middle East should think twice about fracking

    Securing energy resources is critical for fuelling development, but deciding which types of energy to invest in will affect a country’s future in many ways — and not all are good when it comes to shale gas. Four countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • US EPA announces nationwide plans to study fracking impacts

    Department’s state presence could influence future federal & state regulation As a follow-up from Enhesa’s June 2011 Flash coverage on recent U.S. concerns over hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), Enhesa would like to share additional developments on this issue that heighten the probability of more stringent federal and state regulation. Ongoing concerns raised by ...

  • The value of fracking wastewater treatment and recycling technologies in North Dakota

    The oil boom in North Dakota is aided by hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as fracking. Fracking uses a pressurized water, sand, and chemical mixture to break through layers of rock and release oil and gas. This procedure produces hundreds of truckloads of wastewater for each fracked well. In this study, we analyze the financial feasibility of a system of wastewater recycling and reuse to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cracking down on Fracking: The US Regulatory Trend and what that means for Oil Companies

    In June 2011 Enhesa is focusing on an emerging Oil & Gas issue, which has recently become a major concern for Oil Companies in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has long been used for natural gas and oil production in the United States. However, due to growing concern on its environmental impacts, the US Federal Government and various states are assessing the ...

  • Abanaki`s versatile high-temp poly belt well-suited for Fracking wastewater oil removal

    Abanaki Corporation has been successfully providing oil skimming technology to wastewater treatment plants in the removal of oil from fracking wastewater. Due to the variety of contaminants found in fracking wastewater, the suitable oil skimmer belt for this particular application is ...


    By Abanaki Corporation

  • High Efficiency Softening Process (HESP) for Frack Flowback - produced water treatment study for City of Grand Prairie, TX

    Barnett Shale play in Texas, the natural gas economy According to Potter, the 5,500 wells currently pumping gas in the Barnett Shale play will ultimately generate on the order of $35 billion for their owners. As those companies pay taxes and wages, and as their employees and contractors in turn spend their money, there is an economic ripple effect, creating an overall value of ...

  • Workers` silica exposure at Fracking sites far exceeds OSHA Limit, NIOSH study finds

    The concentration of silica in the air workers breathe exceeded occupational health criteria at all 11 hydraulic fracturing sites tested by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the American Industrial Hygiene Association announced July 31. Researchers measured the silica levels of more than 100 personal breathing zone samples at fracking sites in five states, finding levels ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • FRACKING: Freeing Energy Resources versus Polluting the Earth and Public Health with Radiation and Toxic Chemicals?

    Fracking demands the use of millions of gallons of water, precious drinking water, and sand infused with up to 1,000 different toxic chemicals to fracture the shale rock and release the trapped gas or oil. The wastewater, brine, and sludge are then returned to the surface and in need of disposal. Unfortunately there is not yet a clear and safe method of disposal or storage. Among these chemicals ...


    By Technical Associates

  • Health, safety and environmental risks of shale gas extraction is given the all clear by the UK government in the Autumn 2012 Statement

    December 2012 saw the final ruling and approval of the fracking industry within George Osborne's Autumn Statement 2012. The released news now means that the temporary ban on fracking has been lifted. Fracking work carried out by UK companies with a license can now continue as planned. It is the company's responsibility to monitor the effects of the fracking process that is being carried out ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Bringing Water to Ghana - Following Up

    In the May issue of National Driller , I told you about the trip to Ghana, the wells we hydro-fracked, and the current laws regarding well yield and abandonment. This month I will tell you how those wells made out, what changes the government is planning to make to their laws and show you the Kingaka crew receiving their certificates of training. In November of 2000, ...


    By Sky Quip, LLC

  • Hydraulic Fracturing and the Environment Whitepaper - Analytical and Measuring Instruments

    The recovery of natural gas and oil from untraditional wells is necessary for the economic stability of the United States. Shale gas deposits are deep below the earth’s surface and recovery of gas is expensive and requires millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals, known as "fracking solution". Most fracking solution stays underground or returns to the surface mixed with formation ...

  • Taking the pressure off desalination

    California-based PAX Pure hopes to offer a new solution to water scarcity with its groundbreaking water purification tool. Developed by Jay Harman and Tom Gielda, PAX Pure technology desalinates and demineralizes water without membranes, moving parts or chemicals. Instead, the technology simply mimics high-altitude conditions. The big challenge with conventional ...


    By Ensia

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