Biocides control Barnett shale fracturing fluid contamination

A team, composed of the operator and service company staff, tested various biocides to determine the best chemical for controlling bacteria in fluids used for fracturing Barnett shales in the Fort Worth basin of Texas.The selected biocide provided consistent performance in the quick kill of aerobic, fermentative, and sulfate-reducing bacteria as well as the long-term preservation of the produced fluid.Operators commonly use hydraulic fracturing with varied proppant concentrations for extracting gas from shale formations. The fracturing fluid consists of water and polyacrylamide or sugar-based polymers.Bacteria typically contaminate water obtained from local rivers, lakes, or oil field was...

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