Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater: Treatment, Reuse, and Disposal, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater

Treatment, Reuse, and Disposal, 1st Edition

By Frank R. Spellman

CRC Press

313 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a balanced discussion about the wastewater generated by hydraulic fracturing operations, and how to manage it. It includes an in-depth discussion of the hydraulic fracturing process, the resulting water cycle, and the potential risks to groundwater, soil, and air. The “fracking” process involves numerous chemicals that could potentially harm human health and the environment, especially if they enter and contaminate drinking water supplies. Treatment, reuse, and disposal options are the focus, and several case studies will be presented. The book also discusses the issues of the large amounts of water required for drilling operations, the impacts on water-sensitive regions.


"This book provides an introduction to typical types of borehole design and fracking fluid practice. The information is founded upon extensive referencing from industry technical publications from the past 20 years and the authors own experience. This provides an introductory text to an interested professional reader, written in an informal yet communicative style."

— Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

"The format is very well organized, I like the ‘Did You Know?’ features, and the figures are clear"

— Andrew Barron, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

"Having in recent years been a geology student and professional in the oil and gas field (both as a regulator and consultant), I can attest to the book being a suitable and timely resource for these audiences, as well as individuals in the engineering sciences and the interested environmentalist."

Groundwater, November-December 2017

Table of Contents

Preface. Hydraulic Fracturing. Environmental Impacts of Fracking. Fracking Wastewater. Hydraulic Fracking Water Cycle. Impacts of Hydraulic Fracking on Drinking Water Resources. Treatment of Fracking Wastewater. Disposal of Fracking Wastewater. Reuse of Fracking Wastewater. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Frank R. Spellman, PhD, is a retired assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than 90 books covering topics in environmental science and occupational health, and has been cited in more than 450 publications. Dr. Spellman holds a BA in public administration, a BS in business management, an MBA, and both an MS and a PhD in environmental engineering.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply