Trending: โ€˜frackingโ€™

Lookups spiked 55,000% on October 7, 2020

Why are people looking up fracking?

Fracking was among our top lookups during the Vice-Presidential debate, after Mike Pence alleged that Joe Biden was planning on banning this practice.

What does fracking mean?

Fracking is defined as โ€œthe injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas).โ€ The word comes from the shortening and alteration of (hydraulic) and fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a technique in which a liquid is injected under high pressure into a well in order to create tiny fissures in the rock deep beneath the earth which then allow gas and oil to flow into the well.

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