ForensisGroup hydraulic fracturing expert witnesses are knowledgeable in all aspects of this process that produces fractures in rock formations that generate the flow of natural gas or oil.
Also known as “fracking,” hydraulic fracturing increases the volume of fuel that can be recovered. Fractures are created by pumping large quantities of fluids at high pressure into a wellbore to the target rock formation. Hydraulic fracturing fluid is made of water, proppant and chemical additives that open and enlarge fractures within the rock formation.
The chemical additives in fracking fluid may include heavy metals, radioactive materials, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and toxic pollutants released into the air. These additives and their effects on the surrounding population and the impact on the environment are the impetus for litigation. In addition, the fluid that returns to the surface through the wellbore—known as “flowback” and “produced water”—may contain the injected chemicals plus naturally occurring materials such as brines, metals, radionuclides, and hydrocarbons. This flowback and produced water have been alleged to cause damage to drinking water and agriculture.
Our fracking experts have been used in cases of water treatment, disposal, and recycling, as well as injected underground disposal and wastewater treatment facilities.
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