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ASTM Guide helps analyze water supply wells near petroleum sites.

Press Release Summary:

Mar 03, 2016 - Soon to be available as D8006 (Guide for Sampling and Analysis of Private Water Supply Wells in Areas of Petroleum Exploration and Production), this ASTM standard-guide provides information on typical residential supply well systems as well as direction on how to develop and implement sampling program. ASTM Committee on Soil and Rock (D18) welcomes constructive comments from guide users to incorporate into future revisions and welcomes anyone to participate in standards development.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

New ASTM Guide Will Help Analyze Residential and Commercial Water Supply Wells Near Petroleum Exploration and Production Sites

Press release date: Mar 01, 2016

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — A new ASTM standard-guide will help with sampling and analyzing groundwater of residential water wells near petroleum exploration and production operations. The new standard will soon be available as D8006 (Guide for Sampling and Analysis of Private Water Supply Wells in Areas of Petroleum Exploration and Production).  Exploration and production activities include hydraulic fracturing.

The petroleum industry, private well owners, consultants, and contractors will be able to use the guide – developed through ASTM’s consensus process – to help test residential/drinking water for possible contamination. In addition, regulators could use the new guide as a reference for proper sampling and analyses procedures.

The new guide provides information on typical residential supply well systems as well as direction on how to develop and implement a sampling program, including:

·  Determining sampling locations;
·  Evaluation of well conditions and water supply systems
·  Suggested purging techniques;
·  Recommended analyses and test methods
·  Qualifications of the sampling team.
·  Recommended testing laboratory certifications;
·  Data management and integrity; and
·  Guidance on property damage prevention and personal safety.

ASTM member Hank Mittelhauser, principal, St. John-Mittelhauser & Associates, says that the Committee on Soil and Rock (D18) welcomes constructive comments from users of the guide to incorporate into future revisions of the standard. Also, the committee welcomes anyone to participate in its standards developing activities, including a proposed guide for preliminary gas screening.

To purchase standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.

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ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock Next Meeting: June 26-29, 2016, June Committee Week, Chicago, Ill.

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