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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Demonstration of Hydraulic Fracturing to Facilitate Remediation

Demonstration of Hydraulic Fracturing to Facilitate Remediation

Sand-filled hydraulic fractures were created at three sites to investigate their effect on in-situ remedial efforts. At a site contaminated with volatile organic compounds, fractures were created to enhance the effectiveness of soil vapor extraction (SVE), whereas at another site contaminated with diesel fuel, hydraulic fractures were created to improve the rate of delivery of nutrients for in-situ bioremediation. Another site, which was uncontaminated, was utilized to study air flow in the vicinity of hydraulic fractures. Results indicate that hydraulic fractures increase the recovery rates and area affected by SVE. The fractures also improved the performance of bioremediation. (Length: 70 pages)


Illinois Waste Management and Research Center

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April 1994

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