Hydraulic fracturing is a means of extracting natural gas from shale formations. It is a proven technology that has been used since the 1940s in more than one million wells in the United States to help produce oil and natural gas.
Hydraulic fracturing is an advanced, proven technique whereby “fracturing fluids”, comprised of over 99.5% water and sand, and less than 0.5% chemicals, are injected under high pressure into a shale formation, creating fissures that free the natural gas to flow from rock pores where it is trapped. To learn more about hydraulic fracturing, watch the video below. In just a few minutes, you will gain an understanding of the critical steps that take place before hydraulic fracturing even begins; the safety measures used to protect the fresh water aquifer; and the hydraulic fracturing process itself.
Nearly 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing because it allows access to formations, like shale oil and shale gas, that had not been accessible without the technology. And we have the benefit of gaining from the experience of an industry that has used this technology in nearly one million wells over 60 years. The combined expertise of thousands of workers in this field has developed comprehensive standards, procedures and regulations to protect citizens and the environment.
- Comprehensive Report on Hydraulic Fracturing to National Security Forum (June 19, 2014, by Dr. Bert Fisher)
- Hydraulic Fracturing: Unlocking America’s Natural Gas Resources
- Hydraulic Fracturing At a Glance
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