Summary: Different states have different rules for baseline testing. Here is your primer on baseline testing, the regional tests available, and how they make testing easier.

In the oil industry, the process before drilling is heavily regulated. Government agencies expect a wide range of tests and procedures before drilling equipment and operations can even start to be set up. Some of these tests are for public health while others help safeguard oil companies from future losses and liability. Included in these tests are baseline water tests, which often require baseline water test kits. These tests are typically location specific and will help your company collect and analyze water quality levels before drilling starts. What are these kits, why are they region-specific, and how do you know which one is right for your operation? Read on to find out.

What is a Baseline Test?

A baseline test in the oil industry is a testing of water quality in an area that is potentially going to be mined for oil. The test exists to measure the quality of the water and the elements, chemicals and minerals present in the water, and its drinkability. These baseline tests are used to make water collection and testing simple, all while providing an important sample for comparison as the project moves forward.

Since different states, counties and regions across the United States have different regulations and demands for baseline testing, especially when it comes to the oil industry, there are a number of tests available that ensure the baseline testing is compliant with local standards. Without the right testing kit, your results could leave out crucial information or, alternatively, test for more than required and slow down your project.

What are Some Examples of Baseline Testing Kits?

AquaKnow has baseline testing kits available for many different states, from drilling in the Pacific Ocean to the plains of Michigan, and each have demands for what the tests must detect and what levels of certain chemicals, compounds and minerals are acceptable.

The Michigan Gas Drilling Comprehensive Test from AquaKnow, for example, includes tests and level guides for 80 separate items, ranging from bacteria to inorganic chemicals and physical factors. Unlike other tests required in other states, the Michigan test is comprehensive and subject to strict review. Without evidence of testing for levels of every item on the list, your company could expose itself to disciplinary action and, potentially, legal proceedings from the surrounding communities.

By contrast, the testing kit for Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York requires testing for only 13 items, both organic and inorganic. This test focuses on ease of use and speed to help your project stay on track.

The oil industry is subject to strict regulations and standards long before drilling starts in the ground or ocean. This is often for the benefit of the oil company, protecting them from potential violations and local health risks. Baseline testing kits, especially location-specific tests, will help your company stay compliant with local regulations and expectations, all while making testing easier and more comprehensive. Check out AquaKnow’s wide range of products to find the testing kit that’s right for your project.