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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The latest on fracking and earthquakes in Oklahoma. • The role of Oklahoma’s government in dealing with this problem. • Keys to problem-solving: diversity and collaboration.

THE GOVERNOR IS MARY FALLIN. THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT IS MICHAEL TEAGUE. Wait…..Energy and Environment together??? These two are usually on opposite sides of the fence……often fighting each other.… More

What’s in this article? • The revolution that is shale gas and shale oil. • Do fracs contaminate surface water? • Disposal wells…..and earthquakes.

Drilling rig in Forth Worth city (click to enlarge or to source, then back-arrow to return to blog).

Drilling rig in Forth Worth city (click to enlarge or to source, then back-arrow to return to blog).

The revolution that is shale gas or shale oil has been successful because many frac treatments are pumped one at a time along the length of a long horizontal well (typically a mile long).… More

Definitions: Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, a process where water (or similar liquid) is pumped down a well under high pressure. It is a proven technology in use for over 60 years. The pressure splits the rock like an axe splits a log, and creates fractures (cracks) in the rock containing the oil or gas. The fractures grow in length and height, and act as conduits to allow the oil or gas faster access to the well, which means a higher production rate.… More

I am gazing over the tarmac at Pittsburgh International Airport, on my way home from a conference about shale-gas (where I gave a presentation). Pittsburgh is in the heart of the Marcellus shale, where things are rockin’ and rollin’.… More

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