Environmental Enlightenment #209
By Ami Adini - Reissued June 21, 2017

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

Power of Simplicity
The EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Cleanup Technologies

Series 8: Fracturing for Site Cleanup

See our Newsletter, Environmental Enlightenment #200, for introduction to one highly valuable, plainly written series of Citizen’s Guides published by the EPA at http://www.clu-in.org/products/citguide

With this issue we introduce the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Fracturing for Site Cleanup. You can reach it through the hyperlink under the blue header below.


Environmentally, fracturing has become a loaded word.

One should differentiate between fracturing for exploration of oil and gas and fracturing for remediation of contaminated soil or groundwater.

It’s the same word, but with applications wide apart.

Formations that contain oil and gas are deep, on the order of hundreds to thousands of feet.

Source: U.S. EPA, http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy/hydraulic-fracturing-water-cycle

And they involve complex operations injecting fraccing fluids and treatment or decontamination of millions of gallons of wastewaters generated in the process.

Illustration by Mike Norton and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Formations contaminated from man-made spills are shallow.


Fracturing to clean up contaminated sites operates in depths on the order of tens of feet and rarely exceeds 100 feet .

Go to the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Fracturing for Site Cleanup at http://www.clu-in.org/download/Citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_fracturing_for_site_cleanup.pdf
for the rest. It is simple and fun to read.

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