hydraulic fracturing


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hydraulic fracturing

[hī′drȯ·lik ′frak·chə·riŋ]
(petroleum engineering)
A method in which sand-water mixtures are forced into underground wells under pressure; the pressure splits the petroleum-bearing sandstone, thereby allowing the oil to move toward the wells more freely.
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Hydraulic fracturing uses a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals to tap into oil and gas reserves in rock formations, and has been used more frequently in recent years in many parts of the nation.
EPA's review of data sources found specific instances where well integrity and waste water management related to hydraulic fracturing activities impacted drinking water resources, but they were small compared to the large number of hydraulically fractured wells across the country.
With the first experiment carried out in 1940s and the first commercial usage of hydraulic fracturing being witnessed in 1949, it has been in use for reservoir stimulation and enhanced hydrocarbon recovery since a long time.
There has been considerable misinformation surrounding hydraulic fracturing, so hopefully the extensive input sought by this committee will help clarify the issue for the WA community.
The proppant market has been segmented into the types of proppants used for hydraulic fracturing.
Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today's hydraulic fracturing operations," Jewell said.
SWTPL) for doing research on alternative technology for hydraulic fracturing.
Most important among the findings is that neither horizontal drilling nor hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits seems to have caused any of the natural gas contamination.
After some investigation, he discovered that the method for extracting the valuable resource, hydraulic fracturing, is exempt from several important pieces of federal legislation, including the clean water act.

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