EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which Congress requested EPA to complete, are expected to be released in a draft for public and peer review in 2014.

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Environmentally Safe Friction Fluid for Hydraulic Fracturing Introduced

Fracture treatments in methane wells may use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per well, while deeper shale wells can use up to 10 million gallons of water to fracture just a single well. In a typical fracking fluid, there are a number of additives, including buffering agents; acids/bases; corrosion inhibitors; and organic solvents (many aromatics).

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This Week’s Market Buzz

  • According to the Associated Press, a proposed rail shipping hub for sand used by the oil and natural gas industries took a major step forward as the Wabasha, Wis., City Council has rejected a request to commission a study on the environmental risks that the sand and hundreds of trucks a day would bring to town. Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based Superior Sand Systems Inc. plans to build a storage and loading facility along the Canadian Pacific tracks, from which silica sand mined in Wisconsin would be shipped to North Dakota and Texas. The facility could take in 200 to 300 truckloads of sand a day and run seven days a week.

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Cadre Proppants Unveils Proppant-on-Demand System

Cadre Proppants unveiled what it is calling the world's first Proppant-on-Demand System (PoDS). The multi-million dollar project, located at Cadre's proppant facility in Voca, Texas, is designed to reduce costs associated with scheduling, transportation and storage of the large volumes of proppant required by companies engaged in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.

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