*Video courtesy of Dow Microbial Control.

As the fracking fluid passes through the well during hydraulic fracturing operations, it may bring along with it an unwanted accompaniment: microbial contamination. Using biocide in hydraulic fracturing waters can help prevent biofilms that can plug fractures and corrode pipes, says one maker of microbial control treatments for water.

 “Why do I need a biocide in hydraulic fracturing operations?” is a video from Dow Microbial Control, Midland, Mich., that explains how microbial growth can inhibit oil and gas operations. A tailored approach to microbe management can help prevent microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC) and hydrocarbon souring.