Fracking chemicals, good in household items, but not in my drinking water


Fracking fluid chemicals

There has been controversy within the oil and gas industry over disclosing the content of the chemicals contained within fracking fluid.

Fracking fluid is made up of 90% water, 9.5% percent standard sand (Silicon Dioxide) with the remaining 0.5 percent comprised of chemicals.  The components of the 0.5% are noteworthy since many of these chemicals are critical into maintaining the operation of the fracking well.

Many of the chemicals involved are used for mundane aspects of drilling, such as preventing corrosion. Among the other types of chemicals include acids like hydrochloric acid are used to dissolve the minerals in the rock, soil and sand below the ground. Other chemicals are used as corrosion inhibitors and biocides which prevent corrosion and eliminate corrosive bacteria respectively.  Scale inhibitors used to keep scale deposits from developing inside of the pipes. Citric acid is among the agents used to stop metal oxides from precipitating within the fluid. Other petroleum based agents are used to lubricate the water and reduce friction.

Yes, these are used in everyday household items

Many of these of the chemicals used in fracking chemicals are claimed to be used in common household items. Examples include: Isopropanol, acetic acid (vinegar) and ethylene glycol—are routinely used in households worldwide and are in fracking fluids. Common component in fracking fluids you may recognize include as anti-freeze, soap powder and glass cleaner.

It should be noted even those chemicals used in your household product are not discharged into your drinking water with vinegar being the exception. Unfortunately, in hydraulic fracturing this is not the case.

Endocrinologists have warned some of the chemicals used are known hormone disruptors and likely therefore to represent a health hazard if they get into the drinking water supply particular if you use a well.

Drinking water chemicals

The problem is not with the components of fracking chemicals being used in many of the household items I use but I do have an issue with these materials getting into my drinking water.