Definition of fracking
: the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)
frackplay \ˈfrak\ verb
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Recent Examples of fracking from the Web
But the U.S. has experienced an energy renaissance of sorts in the past decade thanks largely to an oil and gas boom that followed advances in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.
Many are in energy-rich counties in the Midwest and Colorado, where the fracking and natural gas booms have vacuumed up the workforce.
Second, new fracking technology and the natural-gas revolution shifted fossil-fuel production away from coal, as solar and wind technologies expandedl.
An entrepreneur can still make a claim, like, say, inventing a new industry around cannabis or fracking, and all of the opportunities of the West seem available once again.
But Maryland’s expiring moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, brought out the ugly in Garrett.
The real shift has been toward the use of natural gas in electricity generation, a function of plummeting prices thanks to the boom in production that resulted from innovations in hydraulic fracturing (better known as fracking).
Santorum is a longtime supporter of fracking , which many environmentalists oppose, and is the co-chairman of Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, which advocates for biofuels.
Bowling Green - A Right to A Livable Climate charter amendment: This amendment, led by many Bowling Green State University students and faculty in the environmental department, is similar to the Youngstown fracking amendment.
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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
by shortening & alteration from (hydraulic) fracturing
First Known Use: 1953See Words from the same year
FRACKING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fracking for English Language Learners
: a method used for getting oil and gas from underground rocks by injecting liquid into the rocks so that they break apart
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