OSIL announced it will offer a full fracking monitoring system to enable clients to monitor local water quality before, during and after operations. Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking), where gas is extracted from shale rock, is becoming an increasingly popular means of extracting gas. The implementation of a reliable monitoring system is essential to this process. The quantities of chemicals and minerals used in the process, along with the huge volumes of water required, pose a potential threat to the surface and ground water network. OSIL provide the means to monitor ground water quality and potentially help prevent the contamination of surrounding water supplies.
The OSIL system offers multi parameter monitoring equipment that is used to collect vital background data prior to the commencement of operations, in order to better understand the existing ground water structure. In addition, the environmental impact can also be monitored during operations, including data on flow back water, thus allowing the potential treatment if required. This same system can be left in for post fracking monitoring providing a complete monitoring package.
The OSIL system provides data on a range of parameters including conductivity, temperature, pressure, PH, dissolved Oxygen, Methane and Radionuclides. Instruments can be set up to continuously monitor and autonomously record changes to the surface and ground water system. These real time data are then transmitted via telemetry to either onsite base stations and/or to a web based data display.