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Shale Gas Extraction Explained

Shale Gas Extraction Explained

"The process of breaking up or fracturing previously impervious shale rock to release natural gas – known as “fracking” in the industry – has sparked a flurry of multibillion-dollar deals, including the $41bn agreement by ExxonMobil to purchase XTO, the shale gas specialist, in 2009.

In terms of supply, the shale gas revolution has had a huge impact. In less than five years, the US has gone from seeking new sources of gas from overseas to being self-sufficient." - The Financial Times

The below image shows the basic steps involved in extracting natural gas from shale rock.

The Financial Times
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October 2, 2015
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