hydraulic fracturing


Definition of hydraulic fracturing

: fracking The gas-fired plants come courtesy of the revolution in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), which has delivered a vast supply of low-cost natural gas to an electricity market that has struggled with steadily rising coal prices since 2001.— Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren

Examples of hydraulic fracturing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States was importing increasing amounts of oil and natural gas just 15 years ago when suddenly hydraulic fracturing produced a glut of both fuels and made the United States a large exporter. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments," 23 Oct. 2020 Thanks to innovations in hydraulic fracturing, the United States has been the world’s leading oil producer since 2017. Ken Roberts, Forbes, "With Khashoggi Case, Biden’s Weak Response Can’t Be About Saudi Oil," 26 Feb. 2021 Rising oil prices are certainly good news for the besieged hydraulic fracturing industry in Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere as well as for those concerned about the size of the U.S. trade deficit. Ken Roberts, Forbes, "With Oil Above $60, What’s Good For The U.S. Might Not Be So Great For You," 26 Feb. 2021 The commissioners stripped out draft provisions that could have allowed the industry to draw water from the river and its tributaries for hydraulic fracturing outside the region, and to dispose of fracking wastewater within the Delaware watershed. Michael Rubinkam, ajc, "Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River," 25 Feb. 2021 Energy companies combine horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique that injects vast amounts of water, along with sand and chemicals, underground to break up the gas-bearing shale. Michael Rubinkam, ajc, "Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River," 25 Feb. 2021 Biden's messaging regarding fracking, or hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas or oil from hard rock such as shale, has been mixed. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Labor union chief knocks Biden for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline," 8 Feb. 2021 Sgamma pointed to George Mitchell, the wildcatter who pioneered directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the 1990s. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump promised ‘energy dominance.’ Here is what that meant for Utah.," 21 Dec. 2020 In the absence of an energy tech equivalent of the Internet, ARPA–E has had to focus on some nearer term wins, like harnessing the flood of cheap natural gas released by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. David Biello, Scientific American, "A Historical Tour of the Clean Energy Future," 1 Apr. 2015

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydraulic fracturing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydraulic%20fracturing. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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