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Fracking fluid concerns surface in the US by Nick Boley
September 1, 2014, 11:38
Filed under: chemicals, Environment/Ecology | Tags: , ,

Concerns have surfaced recently in the United States regarding the level of compounds in fracking fluids which could be potentially harmful to the environment.

The composition of fracking fluids – used to fracture shale rock to liberate natural gas – is of concern to scientists in that it contains salts, hydrocarbons, greases and biological matter at levels which mean that the waste fracking fluid can not be returned to water bodies and would need to be cleaned up before the recovered water could be re-used.

This all leads to the need to accurately determine the contaminants in fracking fluid, and quantify them so that appropriate treatment can be given. It is therefore of prime importance that validated measurement procedures are available to laboratories to do this properly – whether the laboratories belong to the companies involved in fracking or environmental monitoring laboratories – in order that the potential benefits of fracking and the potential environmental problems of fracking can be weighed alongside each other in a balanced way,

 

 

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