Alloway had over 260 attendees at their 4th Annual VIP Workshops. Alloway customers were provided complimentary admissions that allowed them to earn up to 6 contact hours. This year, Alloway introduced the use of OOVOO technology to bring live video feed of the laboratory and field to the classroom. Attendees had the opportunity to virtually visit an actual sampling site where Alloway staff demonstrated Low-Level Mercury and Bioassay sampling techniques. The workshops received rave reviews from attendees and Alloway is already planning the 2014 workshops.
As your ultimate laboratory resource, Alloway is committed to developing new opportunities for professional growth. We are constantly exploring new technologies to improve our training options. Our most recent discovery is the use of ooVoo in our training courses.
A brief description of the fracking process is necessary to understand the rationale behind any strategy for sampling and analysis of drinking water from wells to determine if the water quality in the well is being affected by local fracking operations. According to Wikipedia, hydraulic fracturing is “the widening of fractures in a rock layer caused by the high-pressure injection of chemicals with water.” It is this process that results in natural gas and oil to be recovered from deep shale deposits. Typically, the wells involved in the fracturing process are in excess of 5000 feet deep. The fractures occur when a fracturing fluid is pumped into the shale deposits under extreme pressure. The wells are often horizontal to expand the area of fossil fuel recovery. The fracturing fluid is primarily made up of water and sand. The sand helps prevent the fractures from closing after the cracks in the shale form. The sand is referred to as a “propping agent”. Five million gallons of water or more may be required to fracture one horizontal well. This does not include water used in subsequent fracturing of the same well.
Sample collection in the right hands can ensure data quality. Part of being “your resource for defensible data” is to provide training on proper sampling techniques. Alloway has developed a new training program for industries that covers the basics of sampling. Alloway’s on-site training program is a unique opportunity for professional development that can benefit your business. Unlike other training programs, Alloway’s Industrial Wastewater Sampling Workshop is…
As our customers’ ultimate laboratory resource, we at Alloway are constantly looking for ways to improve our service. So as a benefit to our customers, we added a new feature to our website. Customers can now access their analytical data through our secure portal simply by clicking the customer login icon at the top of our homepage.
The natural gas drilling boom is gaining momentum around the country. Ohio, particularly the eastern portion, is home to considerable amounts of Marcellus and Utica Shale. Natural gas, which is trapped in shale formations thousands of feet below ground, is extracted through a two-part process of horizontal drilling and hydrofracking (or hydraulic fracturing). Fracturing the shale can take as much as four million gallons of fresh water. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals and then pumped into the ground at high pressure. Once drilling is finished, some of the water returns to the surface laced with salts and dissolved solids. This flowback water is treated by an approved sewage treatment plant, recycled for additional drilling, or sent to a deep-injection well.
This summer, many Ohioans find themselves unable to enjoy the typical outdoor activities associated with the season. With an active public health advisory in Ohio, visitors to Grand Lake St. Mary’s have been advised that swimming and wading are not recommended, water should not be swallowed, and surface scum should be avoided. This comes as a result of the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) that are plaguing the waters.
As the temperature rises, so does the urge to spend time swimming, boating, and fishing. Pond owners have an all-access pass to these activities, but ponds require careful management. Here are a few basic tips that will help you keep your pond in peak condition for years to come.
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