Shale Gas Extraction

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Shale Gas Extraction

Shale Gas extraction is the process of removing gas from shale deposits by adding small holes or perforations underground, injecting fracturing fluid (mostly water) and proppant (frac sand) at high pressure into the perforations to expand the surface area from which oil and natural gas can flow into the well. Because of directional drilling, fewer well pads are needed to tap into a broad based surface land area; this process minimizes the environmental impact and enhances the efficiency of each rig, while increasing the amount of production. The advance in shale extraction and drilling technologies have contributed to the growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production and consequently has positively impacted the MLP market.

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