“Hydraulic fracturing is the process of drilling for natural gas and oil underneath
the ground. Water mixed with other components is pumped into the ground
to create cracks (also referred to as fissures or fractures) to release the gas into
wells that have been built for collection.”

From National Geographic:


“The advent of large-scale shale gas production did not occur until around 2000 when shale gas
production became a commercial reality in the Barnett Shale located in north-central Texas.
As commercial success of the Barnett Shale became apparent, other companies started drilling
wells in this formation so that by 2005, the Barnett Shale alone was producing almost half a
trillion cubic feet per year of natural gas. As natural gas producers gained confidence in
their ability to profitably produce natural gas in the Barnett Shale and confirmation of this
ability was provided by the results in the Fayetteville Shale in northern Arkansas, they began
pursuing the development of other shale formations…”



  1. According to Penn State University, the Marcellus Shale, which spans West Virginia, New York,
    Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland may be the second largest natural gas field in the world.
  2. The Barnett Shale covers at least 24 counties in North Texas. It is one of the most
    active shale plays in the U.S.
    and is estimated to contain as much as 26 trillion
    cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas.
  3. Primarily in Louisiana and Texas, the Haynesville Shale could potentially
    contain as much as 251 Tcf of technically recoverable resources.
  4. The Antrim Shale that covers much of Michigan and the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas are the
    latest examples of the still-emerging wealth of North American supplies





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