Hydraulic Fracturing Analysis

Hydraulic fracturing in Shale plays is a means of extracting Natural Gas from the shale formations underground. The predominant shale plays in the United States are the Barnett Shale, TX, Marcellus Shale, PA, Haynesville Shale, LA and Eagleford Shale, TX.

In order to fracture the shale formations and enhance natural gas recovery, various fracturing fluids are utilized in industry. Most of the flowback water generated from these operations is reused in the fracturing process. Known drinking water impacts have been encountered in various parts of the country due to hydraulic fracturing. In some shale plays Air Quality impacts have also been cited.

SGS has played an active role in the analysis of the complex fracturing fluids utilized in fracturing the shale formations. SGS provides analytical services for pre-drilling activities as well as post drilling activities for its clients. SGS also offers analytical services for the analytes outlined in the CWA, SWDA, NPDES, CAA, and RCRA related to the shale plays. In addition, SGS provides guidance in the collection of air samples.