I love a good fight.
When it comes to U.S. energy production, I can’t think of a more controversial topic since Edwin Drake drilled his well on Pennsylvania soil over 150 years ago…
It all revolves around hydraulic fracturing.
Here’s the part that most people don’t seem to realize: Without fracking, the entire North American oil and gas industry would come to a screaming, painful halt. This is the reality we all need to face, regardless of protesters who abhor the fracturing process.
Hydraulic Fracturing 101
Let’s start from the beginning…
Hydraulic fracturing is a simple process, really. It’s used to create fractures in a rock formation by injecting the rock with a mixture of water, proppant (think: sand), and chemicals.
Once opened, the fissures allow the oil and gas resources to flow more freely into the well, which can then be extracted through the well bore.
Here’s a video of this procedure in action.
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