Gas Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Work for Our Nation


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 stretching from Western New York into Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. 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” or “fracking” — 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. Fracking has made production from the Marcellus Shale possible and created thousands of jobs in its wake.

Excerpted from Environmental Leader, October 25, 2010. To read the full article click here.

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