What About Fracking?Brian wrote this:
First of all, fracking is a highly controversial method used for re-rejuvenating gas and oil wells. It is actually called "hydraulic fracturing" which is the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid. Some hydraulic fractures form naturally. Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into a well to create small fractures , along which fluids such as gas, petroleum, uranium solutions, and brine water may migrate to the well. Hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, then small grains of sand or aluminum oxide hold these fractures open once the rock achieves equilibrium. The technique is very common in wells for shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, and coal seam gas and hard rock wells. This well stimulation is usually conducted once in the life of the well and greatly enhances fluid removal and well productivity, but there has been an increasing trend towards multiple hydraulic fracturing as production declines. In Brian's case, his well was not fracked. In well drilling jargon his well was "blown," because fracking involves liquid not air, as well as sand and chemicals. OK, now that we have that out of the way, what are the advantages and disadvantages of "blowing a well?" I am of the opinion that blowing a well is necessary when it doesn't produce enough water or is pumping sand or silt. It is an extraordinary measure that is going to do one of three (3) things:
"3 years ago one of our wells on the farm ran dry in the summer months and we had a well drilled near the house to get us going again. I found a local well driller that was able to come over the next day and started drilling. He used a modern drill system and soon was at 285 feet though shale and bed rock. The casing is 6” and 20 feet deep. As a final attempt to get more water he assured me that fracking the well would double or triple the flow rate and storage capacity so I agreed. He had a rig that was able to develop 500psi and pressurized the well for a minute. There was literally air coming up from the ground 120 feet from the well through the shale surface of the ground. They then treated the well and left. We have lots of water but keep getting bouts of bad water tests-total coliform, clear for a day or two then cloudy. I would love to get your thoughts on what you think of the fracking process that was used to increase the well volume, the likely source of total coliform and the cloudy effect and most of all the total system you would recommend to alleviate all these issues for good.
Here are test results for our water taken in the last few days not including the bacterial tests.
Sample Source: Untreated Well
Analysis Results pH: 7.1 pH Iron: 0.4 mg/L Manganese: 0 mg/L Hardness: 7 GPG TDS: 126 mg/L ORP 284 mVYour time and direction in the best path to take is greatly appreciated."
- You will get more water;
- You will get less water; or
- You will get the same amount of water.
- It will be better;
- It will be worse; or
- It will be the same.