New Techniques for Anion, Cation, and Radioisotope Analysis of Marcellus Shale Flowback Waters
CEN Webinars: Stronger Bonds
New Techniques for Anion, Cation, and Radioisotope Analysis of Marcellus Shale Flowback Waters
Thursday June 12th 2014
8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT / 15:00 GMT
Richard F. Jack,
Director, Vertical Marketing – Environmental and Industrial
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Leong Ying,
RMSI Global Sales Manager
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Craig Bettenhausen,
Associate Editor,
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The slickwater stimulation of unconventional gas and oil shale such as the Marcellus shale creates flowback water with a composition that is unique to particular shale formations. Characteristically, these fluids contain high concentrations of salts (e.g., chloride, bromide) which are routinely determined using ion chromatography. This analysis typically requires sample preparation, including manual dilution, which can significantly increase the cost of analysis.

In this webinar, we will share results that show highly reproducible determination of anions and cations from Marcellus Shale flowback water using inline conductivity to identify high salt samples and then automatically diluting them prior to injection, saving time and column life.

Sodium Iodide (NaI) gamma-ray spectroscopy offers a rapid screening of radioactivity from shale wastewaters. Isotopic identification can be determined by the unique energy-resolved spectroscopic peaks and the activity quantified by measuring a fixed volume of sample. Radioactivity data from the analysis of Marcellus Shale flowback water will be presented.


- Learn about analytical techniques used for anions, cations and radioisotopes for waters and brines affected by Hydraulic fracturing.

- Learn what validated methods are appropriate for accurate analysis.

- Latest in field measurements for TENORM.

  • • Scientists interested in environmental analysis
  • • Analysts in contract labs, water utilities, and bottled water companies whose source waters may be affected by hydraulic fracturing
  • • Lab managers who are considering performing this analysis
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