There is a lot of discussion around two proven technologies that have made it possible to increase our natural gas production.
This is where you’ll find the facts about these technologies – hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – along with additional resources to keep the conversation going with accurate information.
Thanks to advancements in these technologies over the past few years, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have allowed us to tap into deep supplies of natural gas in shale formations that were once thought to be inaccessible. Since the first operation in 1947 in Kansas, the hydraulic fracturing process has been performed more than 1.1 million times in the United States alone over the past 60 years. The Environmental Protection Agency, Ground Water Protection Council, and the University of Texas have all examined the process and found no connection between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination.
Check out this video animation that illustrates the shale drilling and production process.
Want to know about the use of hydraulic fracturing fluids in your area? The Texas Legislature requires companies to disclose well-by-well information on a publicly available national website. Data for Texas is already available – visit FracFocus.org!
Learn more here:
- Hydraulic Fracturing & Horizontal Drilling
- Hydraulic Fracturing: How It Works
- Additives Used
- Helpful Resources
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