Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a technique used by natural gas and oil companies. This method uses water pressure in order to extract oil. North Texas is located in the Barnett Shale which covers the western part of the DFW area. One of the many controversies behind fracking is the contamination of water wells. One group of researchers in the chemistry department at UT Arlington, along with Zacariah Hildenbrand’s private firm Inform Environmental, will look for a better way to test the quality of water in the areas affected by fracking. Once they find a reliable detection of compounds such as arsenic, selenium and strontium, they hope to discover solutions to clean up contaminated waters.
By: Omar Castillon