Fracking Articles

  • 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

  • Case Study - Groundwater: 125 GPM Water Well

    Groundwater Well Locating for West Texas Fracking Operation Date:  June 20, 2014 Site:  West-Texas – undisclosed oil and gas field Equipment:  SuperStingR8 WiFi with SwitchBox112 with passive cables spaced at 6m.  Dipole-dipole and strong gradient array Software:  EarthImager2D with a finite element inversion model ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, 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.

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • State of Oil and Gas Production & Methods for Produced and Flowback Water Treatment - White Paper

    FRACTURING MEANS CLEAN ENERGY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH For over 60 years, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations have safely and successfully delivered the oil and natural gas needed to answer our nation's demand. In 2011, the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce reported that, "Hydraulic fracturing has opened access to vast domestic reserves of natural gas that ...


    By MIOX Corporation

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Solar:The Next Shale?

    That is a key question asked in a February 2nd Press Release from Wood Mackenzie, a world leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Just as shale extraction technologies took oil and gas markets by storm, solar technologies too hold the potential to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...


  • Managing the impact from shale gas drilling

    Shale gas has transformed the energy market in the United States where drilling is underway in 17 states, with more than 80,000 wells drilled or permitted since 2005. Deposits elsewhere in the world are under varying degrees of exploration. The main environmental impacts of the process are water usage, waste water management, methane emissions, groundwater and soil contamination. These are ...

  • Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks

    This report analyzes water availability across all potentially commercial shale resources worldwide.It also reveals that water availability could limit shale resource development on every continent except Antarctica. Shale resources are unevenly distributed worldwide and, for the most part, not located where freshwater is abundant. For example, China, Mexico, and South Africa have some of the ...

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