Testing Groundwater Integrity
Hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, is the process of using fluid to fracture a rock layer to release natural gas and oil from rock formations deep below the earth's surface. Environmental and health concerns include contamination of groundwater, air quality, the migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, threat of potential mishandling of waste, and the impact on rivers and streams.
To ensure the integrity of the groundwater in active and future hydraulic fracturing operations, baseline water tests can be performed to determine the water quality in advance of these operations. A recommendation for continued monitoring during and after oil and gas activities have been completed may occur to check any changes or impacts on water quality that may occur.