Fluorescent Food Coloring Suggests Cheap Tag for Fracking Water Tracking

fluorescentA multi-disciplinary team at the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a quick and inexpensive technique to screen for water contamination from fracking oil recovery operations. The technique targets fluorescent compounds in the “produced” waters generated from oil extraction wells, meaning that a distinct marker for different companies could be introduced to fracking compounds that then could identify specific sources of any subsequent contamination.


Seed funding for this project was obtained through the Prairie Research Institute Matching Research Awards Program.