hydraulic fracturing

noun

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 Newsom in April took action to ban new permits for hydraulic fracturing starting in 2024, and in October took the first step toward banning new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools and healthcare facilities. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Around 2005, energy companies discovered how to drill horizontally into shale formations using hydraulic fracturing techniques. Cathy Bussewitz And Martha Irvine, Chron, 30 Nov. 2021 Pennsylvania is one of the top states in the nation for hydraulic fracturing. Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 Sand used for hydraulic fracturing, for example, is in short supply. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Biden campaigned on a pledge to ban hydraulic fracturing on federal lands; killed off permits for the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Instead, the field was bought by a Texas company, Plains Exploration and Production, which began intensive efforts to exhume difficult-to-reach oil, efforts that included the hydraulic fracturing of twenty-three vertical wells. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 But the direct economic impact on the nation would be more modest than in previous decades because the United States produces more and imports less oil since drilling in shale fields exploded around 2010 because of hydraulic fracturing. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 At the same time, some states in the US have been vocal about criticizing hydraulic fracturing that has yielded a prolific amount of natural gas – New York, for example, permanently banned this technology approach in 2020. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hydraulic fracturing

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1948

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Last Updated

8 May 2022

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“Hydraulic fracturing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydraulic%20fracturing. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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