Fracking Operations

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, the potential mishandling of waste and the impact on rivers and streams.

In order to ensure the integrity of the groundwater in the areas where hydraulic fracturing operations are planned, base line water tests can be performed to determine the water quality in advance of these operations. Continued monitoring during extraction and after oil and gas activities have been completed, determine the impact on water quality that may have occurred. 

For more information, please contact Kurt Stepping at or 1-800-752-6651 x1719.