Hydraulic Fracturing

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YSI’s environmental monitoring systems can operate 24/7 to provide the “truth”—critical, real-time data on the conditions near hydrofracking sites. The systems can provide early warning for the accidental release of pollutants—or reassurance that water quality has not been affected.  To monitor and analyze ground, surface or flow back water during the hydraulic fracturing process, common parameters that can be addressed with YSI instrumentation includes: Dissolved Oxygen, Conductivity, Temperature, Salinity, TDS, pH, ORP, Nitrate, Chloride, and Turbidity. 

Impacts on Water Quality

Hydraulic fracturing employs millions of gallons of fluid containing a variety of ingredients to open fissures in the rock holding gas deposits.

For gas companies, drill operators, monitoring agencies, environmental consultants, or private citizens, it is critical to obtain high-resolution water quality data to provide an accurate picture of natural and unnatural changes in the area around the gas field.  Once data has been collected and a baseline of water quality information has been established, the continuous monitoring of the area around the fracking site is necessary to measure and address ongoing environmental impact.

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Effective Monitoring


Natural gas is quickly developing globally as an alternative to petroleum-based energy sources. The process of extracting gas from shale rock formations—called hydraulic fracturing or fracking—is also developing rapidly. Current extraction methods require large quantities of water from natural sources, and the various steps of the process may pose threats to human and environmental health if not controlled and monitored effectively.

YSI instruments, such as the EXO multiparameter water quality sonde, or ProDSS, can be deployed to easily and efficiently collect data on any combination of parameters, either down-well, in a flow cell, or in surface water including nearby streams, rivers, or lakes.  Sensors can be installed down-well to take spot sample measurements or used continuously for long-term unattended monitoring with options for telemetry enabled data transmission.