Sometimes it’s a dirty job.
Last fall, the AER and Alberta Health kicked off a study to discover what substances are present during the “flowback” phase of hydraulic fracturing operations and whether they pose a risk to human health and the environment. The study involves collecting gas and aerosol samples during the flowback period, which are then sent to a lab for analysis.
The study’s sampling phase wrapped up recently on a mucky day at a wellsite near Drayton Valley. Here’s a look at how AER staff used high- and low-tech means to get the job done in the mud.
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Re: Sometimes it's a dirty job.
Curious what the results where?
I am designing a system that breaks down flow back fluids to an atomic level then reforming back in to clean water. your results are very important to me in my design, considering this system is in its design stage I would like to know if there are any other considerations that I have to add for control as well as containment by what ever the means.
We are beyond filtration and re-use of drill fluids, now break down and restructure of reusable drill fluids.
Hi Chris. Thank you for your interest in this work. AER staff are still working on this study, so there are no results yet. We will be releasing a report when the study is complete.