Fate of hydraulic fracturing fluids and geogenic hydrocarbons

Understanding the lifecycle of hydraulic fracturing and geogenic chemicals in surface facilities and the subsurface

This project will provide a systems-based approach to understanding chemicals and their lifecycle during hydraulic fracturing, in flow-back water produced after fracturing, and surface facilities in the Northern Territory.

In particular, this project will improve understanding of the degradation and transport of these chemicals within the subsurface. In addition, this study will examine flow-back water and provide insights into the biodegradation of these chemicals and naturally occurring (geogenic) hydrocarbons in flow-back water as well as in holding tanks and ponds in industry facilities.

This project addresses key recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory and will provide key information for assessing chemical risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

Northern Territory pasture