Fracking Analysis For A More Sustainable Future
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Fracking Analysis

Natural gas and oil deposits are likely to be subject to fracking (or horizontal hydraulic fracturing) as time goes on, and as we search for more “clean” energy. The earth has vast natural gas resources that can enable us to achieve clean energy. And, even though these natural gas deposits usually run deep into the ground, it is also highly likely that drilling to access it will intercept ground water, and possibly contaminate ground water. Environmental Pollution Laboratory supports the responsible development of natural gases and, as such, offers fracking analysis to our clients to help them with sustainable energy production.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Amy Myers Jaffe, provides the following modern definition of fracking:

Today, the word “fracking” commonly refers to a set of new operational strategies that combine the use of hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, which is the extension of a deep vertical oil and gas well with a lateral pathway that extends at 90 degrees to the right and/or left or both, applying water (or acid based chemicals) from the horizontal extension.

Environmental Pollution Laboratory provides base line water tests, which can be used to determine water quality and integrity before any drilling is conducted to access these resources.

Monitoring can also be carried out during the extraction process, or once the natural gas activities have been performed, to gauge what kind of impact the fracking has had on ground water.

Environmental Pollution Laboratory offers environmental fracking analysis based on these parameters:


2 x 40 ml vials preserved with HCL

Dissolved methane

1 x 40 ml vial preserved with HCL


1 x 250 ml plastic container preserved with H2SO4


Arsenic, calcium, barium, chromium, magnesium, iron, manganese, cadmium, selenium, silver, mercury and lead: 1 x 250ml plastic preserved with HNO3

pH, Alkalinity, specific conductance, chloride, sulphate, nitrite total dissolved solids: 1 x 1l plastic container

Environmental Pollution Laboratory has the capability to test for the aforementioned parameters from our organic analysis laboratory in Pretoria.