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A city moves to ban hydraulic fracking or the use of plastic shopping bags or puppy mills or sugary drinks, and then the state smacks them down.
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But increased U.S. oil production with the development of fracking is helping to suppress major jumps in U.S. gas prices as that foreign oil output decreases, DeHaan said.
This could lead to the abandonment of large-scale pipeline projects and other high-cost oil-extraction methods such as offshore drilling and fracking.
Which is exactly the wrong path, to lock in fracking.
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.
Using techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling, companies have ramped up production in shale oil formations such as the Permian Basin in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
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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
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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