Trace Elemental Analysis of Produced and Flowback Waters

Oral Presentation

Prepared by M. Kelinske
Agilent Technologies, Inc., 2850 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE, 19808, United States

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With increased regulatory pressure, the analysis of produced and flowback waters from the hydraulic fracturing industry is becoming a routine sample for the environmental laboratory. These waters often contain high levels of a variety of analytical interferences such as percent level total dissolved solids, chlorides and sulfates. The fracturing process also introduces a variety of chemicals throughout the process to include biocides, proppants, corrosion inhibitors, and anti-scaling agents, which add to the complexity of these waters. In this work, we will explore the use of the Agilent ICP-MS portfolio for the analysis of trace elements in this complex sample matrix.