Evaluating claims of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing

Tarek Saba Exponent Inc. Maynard, Mass. Proper evaluation of a claim of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing requires several steps, which include characterization of the background groundwater condition, the environmental condition of the area around the water wells, and the chemicals associated with the fracturing process. This characterization enables the use of multiple analytic tools to trace source or sources of compounds detected in the groundwater. Example analyses include comparing the groundwater compound concentrations with background and conducting chemical fate-and-transport and fingerprinting. Using multiple lines of analytical evidence can ultimately lead to ...

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