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

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Houston oil field service giant Halliburton made a small profit during the second quarter but missed Wall Street expectations amid nearly $250 million of impairments and a slow recovery in the North American hydraulic fracturing market. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Halliburton misses Wall Street expectations during second quarter," 22 July 2019 Since the early 2000s, operators have used hydraulic fracturing to tap into the Barnett Shale and free the natural gas from surrounding rock. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Wastewater injection can make faults twice as likely to fail, quake study says," 25 July 2019 But Hickenlooper, a former petroleum geologist, also thinks hydraulic fracturing could be part of the equation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How 2020 Democrats plan to fight climate change," 27 June 2019 Soon after winning a second term in 2014, Mr. Cuomo banned hydraulic fracturing in the state’s southern tier that lies atop the rich Marcellus Shale deposit. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cuomo’s Cold Weather Tax," 4 Feb. 2019 The natural gas industry boomed a decade ago has hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — and the new methods of drilling reduced the cost of the energy source. Justin Worland, Time, "Is the Coming Natural Gas Boom Good for the Climate? Depends Who You Ask," 22 June 2018 The mine, which will take about seven months to complete, will supply sand for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction, the company said. Houston Chronicle, "Company to open new sand mine to feed Permian frackers," 12 June 2018 The mine, which will take about seven months to complete, will supply sand for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction, the company said. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "New frac sand mine opens to feed oil boom," 12 June 2018 Railroads are now poised to order more equipment to keep up with rising shipments of commodities such as grain and the sand used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Richard Clough, BostonGlobe.com, "GE will merge its locomotive business with Wabtecin an $11.1b deal," 21 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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