Gas shale and ‘fracing’ work for New York

08/22/2010

Recent distress in the nation’s economy has not dampened the new natural gas boom sweeping up the Appalachians. Until recently, natural gas could not be economically produced from “tight” rock formations like the Marcellus Shale in Western New York. The widespread use of modern hydraulic fracturing techniques has changed that.

Gas contained in the Marcellus does not easily flow through the rock to a well except along cracks in the rock known as fractures. Hydraulic fracturing - sometimes called “fracing” - involves injecting fluid into these tight formations at very high pressures to create man-made fractures. Generally, the more fractures created, the more gas production. Fracing is a key technology that has made production from the Marcellus Shale economic, which in turn has created thousands of jobs along the Appalachian front from West Virginia to New York.

Excerpted from Buffalo News, www.buffalonews.com, August 22, 2010. To read the full article click here.

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