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What is Hydraulic Fracturing

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Safe, cost-effective refinements in hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), horizontal drilling and other innovations now allow for the production of oil and natural gas from tight shale formations that previously were inaccessible. This video introduces the proven techniques used to extract resources from shale formations in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has played an important role in the development of America's oil and natural gas resources for nearly 60 years. In the U.S., an estimated 35,000 wells are processed with the hydraulic fracturing method; it's estimated that over one million wells have been hydraulically fractured since the first well in the late 1940s. The oil and natural gas production industry uses lessons learned to develop best practices to minimize the environmental and societal impacts associated with development.

  • iconRunning time: 00:06:36
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