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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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 The San Antonio company, which bought and sold sand used in hydraulic fracturing for oil production, went bankrupt in 2015 amid investors’ allegations that they had been defrauded. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Uresti’s lawyer seeks to show jurors Cantu has her facts wrong," 5 Feb. 2018 Maryland on Sunday will become the third U.S. state to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, ending several years of debate over whether to allow the gas-extraction method. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "New laws expand litigation options over drug prices, childhood sexual abuse," 29 Sep. 2017

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