Fracking Articles

  • ´High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock´

    Ken Goldstein, CGWP moderated a session titled “High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock” at the 2017 NGWA Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater, October 2-3 in Burlington, Vermont. Goldstein is senior vice president, water and environmental systems at Louis Berger. He recently shared his insights with us on fractured rock characterization and what he is looking ...

  • Locating Groundwater Wells for Fracking Operations in West Texas - Case Study

    In June 2014, our clients used AGI resistivity imaging tools to successfully locate a 125-gallon-per-minute groundwater well in West Texas as well as geohazards that could, if left unlocated, cause significant damage to property and increase costs. Process Our clients used the ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, 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

  • World Oil: Proppant-sized solid inhibitors improve flow assurance in fraced wells

    The economic value of a hydraulically fractured well is highly dependent upon flow assurance—that is, maintaining unimpeded flow of hydrocarbons from the formation to the surface. Flow assurance issues occur in hydraulically fractured wells, as a result of the deposition and buildup of naturally occurring particulates that are present in the system during hydrocarbon production. Scale is ...


    By Baker Hughes

  • Barnett Shale Fault Detection

    OBJECTIVE OF THE PETRO-SONDE SURVEY: To delineate faults within Barnett Shale Barnett Shale deposits within the Ft. Worth Basin produce primarily gas from fracture porosity. Strata in the Johnson county area dip and thicken to the northeast in response to the Central Texas uplift bordering the Ft. Worth Basin to the southwest. Faulting is common in the area and generally trends NW-SE. To ...


    By Geophysics International

  • Optimizing Water Management in Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Oil and Gas Production

    Centralized treatment of wastewater is emerging as a viable solution for long-term efficiency in managing water sourcing and wastewater treatment in hydraulic fracturing. The number of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shale oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase. Within the Bakken Shale formation alone, in North Dakota and Montana, upwards of 15,000 hydraulic fracturing ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Optimizing water management in hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas production

    Centralized treatment of wastewater is emerging as a viable solution for long-term efficiency in managing water sourcing and wastewater treatment in hydraulic fracturing. The number of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shale oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase. Within the Bakken Shale formation alone, in North Dakota and Montana, upwards of 15,000 hydraulic fracturing ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • INCREASED OIL COMPETITION: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

    Is the U.S. shale oil industry in trouble? No, it is engaged in a high-stakes competition for market share. As oil flooded the market in 2014-15, prices dropped dramatically and producers began burning midnight oil to manage the downward economic pressures. While some overleveraged companies won’t survive the economic challenge, in true Darwinian fashion, the fittest will prevail. ...

  • Treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater by wet air oxidation

    Wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production is characterized by high salinity and high chemical oxygen demand (COD). We applied a combination of flocculation and wet air oxidation technology to optimize the reduction of COD in the treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater. The experiments used different values of flocculant, coagulant, and oxidizing agent added to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 2015 Water and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

    Over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling techniques and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has led to a technological revolution in oil and gas development. It has given rise to a huge North American expansion of oil and gas development from unconventional (tight) resources. This rapid expansion has spurred evolution in industry practice, requiring a parallel development, or ...


    By Canadian Water Network

  • 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

  • Drilling Mud and Mud Circulation System

    As more utility contractors are moving up to larger rigs, they are also moving toward the use of solids removal ( solid control ) systems. These solid control systems are not stand-alone units. They are part of the drilling fluids system along with the drilling fluid and the fluid pump. ...


  • 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

  • Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 - thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Drilling Mud Circulation System

    As more utility contractors are moving up to larger rigs, they are also moving toward the use of solids removal ( solids control ) systems. These solids control systems are not stand-alone units. They are part of the drilling mud system along with the ...


  • 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.

  • A Guide to Shale Gas

    The Shale gas Collection addresses the scientific and technological aspects of shale gas and its development. It provides a factual, balanced explanation of the major issues to be considered in the debate about the role of shale gas in meeting future UK energy needs. Explore records by topic using the landscape below, or download our publication: ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • United States Oil and Gas 2015 Analysis

    The US will continue to lead gains in non-OPEC crude oil production in the coming years. We forecast crude oil and NGLs production will rise from an estimated 12.4 b/d in 2014 to 15.0 mn b/d by 2023. High growth rates seen in recent years will moderate through our 10-year forecast period, reflecting abrupt depletion rates in shale oil fields, a glut in the domestic market for light sweet crude, ...


  • The purpose of using drilling shale shaker in oilfield

    The purpose of using drilling shale shaker is to remove the large cuttings in drilling fluid. Each set of solids control system must be equipped with a sufficient number of shale shaker to ensue the 100% processing rate of drilling fluid circulation. Shale shaker is the first solids control equipment to process and adjust the drilling fluid, ...


  • Hydraulic Fracturing Market Analysis By Technology, Material (Proppant), Application (Shale Gas, Tight Gas, Tight Oil) To 2020

    The global hydraulic fracturing market is expected to reach USD 90.55 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Regulatory support in the form of tax benefits and financial incentives, particularly in North America and Asia Pacific is expected to drive the global hydraulic fracturing market over the next six years. Depleting conventional oil & gas reserves has ...


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