hydraulic fracturing

noun
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

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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1948

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