Gas Bonanza: How hydraulic fracturing can work for New York


Recent distress in the 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 Upstate 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 “fracking” - involves injecting fluid into tight formations at very high pressures to create artificial fractures. Generally, the more fractures created, the more gas production. Fracking has made production from the Marcellus Shale possible and created thousands of jobs.

Excerpted from, August 25, 2010. To read the full article click here.

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