Boron, Lithium, & Helium are superior Fracking Spill tracers

Why do we need fracking fluid tracers?  The fossil fuel extraction industry and related corporations would say you don’t (need to see who polluted your water),…… they are perfect, they never make mistakes, trust them….

Gist reports “..boron and lithium — which both occur naturally in shale — mix with fracking fluid when it’s injected underground, altering the wastewater’s chemical makeup in ways different from other fossil fuel extraction methods”.

Duke University geochemist, Avner Vengosh, and Dartmouth’s Nathaniel Warner teamed up with French researchers to utilize tracers of boron and lithium that occur naturally in shale formations that unite with frac fluid and have distinctive isotopic fingerprints that are different from other types of wastewater”.

A PNAS study that found methane six times higher in drinking water wells at homes in closer proximity to drilling used Helium as a tracer. “Helium is an inert noble gas with a radiogenic isotope, 4He, that is a major component of thermogenic natural gas. Similar to hydrocarbon components, the abundance and isotopic composition of helium can help distinguish between potential sources and/or residence times of fluids in the crust, including natural gases (15,16, 33)”

The article went on to say “The abundance and relative proportions of aliphatic hydrocarbons (i.e., propane and ethane) and methane in groundwater are also useful for comparing with production gases”

So there are ways to fingerprint groundwater without ADDING tracers.

Earlier attempts by Texas Senator Davis to add isotope tracers via Senate Bill 772 failed.

The industry itself has long used isotope tracers to see if they reached their “zone”, but inconveniently have NOT use tracers to see if they were causing water contamination.

This article talks more about Senator Davis senate bill and the industry’s use of isotopes and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reading…..

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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