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Those weren’t worth a whole lot until the ’80s, when the industry began perfecting fracking, a method of coaxing petroleum out of shale.
Mark Ruffalo excels at acting, wearing a henley, and raising awareness about the dangers of fracking.
New energy supplies, such as from U.S. fracking, combined with soft global growth to send prices plunging.
Thanks to the fracking revolution, the U.S. has dramatically increased its oil production in the past decade.
Logging, mining, grazing, fracking and drilling destroy wildlife habitat and objects of scientific and cultural importance.
That dirty fracking water in the well later returns to the surface, along with water that is naturally comingled in the underground reservoir with oil and natural gas.
The different fracking stages are being spaced closer together, requiring more water and sand.
The fracking boom prompted a renaissance of reindustrialization with opportunities for jobs in the energy, chemical and metals sectors.
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Did You Know?
Hydraulic fracturing is a technique in which a liquid is injected under high pressure into a well in order to create tiny fissures in the rock deep beneath the earth which then allow gas and oil to flow into the well. The term "hydraulic fracturing" is first known to have appeared in print in a 1948 issue of Oil & Gas Journal. A 1953 issue of the same journal also contains the earliest known print use of "fracking." The word fracking (sometimes spelled fraccing or fracing, particularly by those in the gas and oil industries) was created by shortening "fracturing." The addition of the "k" brings the word into conformity with the inflected forms of similar English words ending in a vowel plus "c," such as shellacking, panicking, and frolicking.
Origin and Etymology of fracking
First Known Use: 1953See Words from the same year
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