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• • • Hydraulic fracturing (also fracking, fraccing, frac'ing, hydrofracturing or hydrofracking) is a technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid. The process involves the high-pressure injection of 'fracking fluid' (primarily water, containing sand or other suspended with the aid of ) into a to create cracks in the deep-rock formations through which,, and will flow more freely. When the is removed from the well, small grains of (either sand or ) hold the fractures open. Hydraulic fracturing began as an experiment in 1947, and the first commercially successful application followed in 1950. As of 2012, 2.5 million 'frac jobs' had been performed worldwide on oil and gas wells; over one million of those within the U.S.

Such treatment is generally necessary to achieve adequate flow rates in,,, and wells. Some hydraulic fractures can form naturally in certain. Hydraulic fracturing is highly controversial in many countries. Its proponents advocate the economic benefits of more extensively accessible. Argue that these are outweighed by the potential, which include risks of and contamination, and, and the triggering of, along with the consequential hazards to public health and the environment.

Increases in following hydraulic fracturing along dormant or previously unknown are sometimes caused by the deep-injection disposal of hydraulic fracturing flowback (a byproduct of hydraulically fractured wells), and produced formation brine (a byproduct of both fractured and nonfractured oil and gas wells). For these reasons, hydraulic fracturing is under international scrutiny, restricted in some countries, and banned altogether in others. The European Union is drafting regulations that would permit the controlled application of hydraulic fracturing. A fracturing operation in progress Mechanics [ ] Fracturing rocks at great depth frequently becomes suppressed by due to the weight of the overlying rock strata and the cementation of the formation.

This suppression process is particularly significant in 'tensile' () fractures which require the walls of the fracture to move against this pressure. Fracturing occurs when is overcome by the pressure of fluids within the rock.

The minimum becomes tensile and exceeds the of the material. Fractures formed in this way are generally oriented in a plane perpendicular to the minimum principal stress, and for this reason, hydraulic fractures in well bores can be used to determine the orientation of stresses. In natural examples, such as dikes or vein-filled fractures, the orientations can be used to infer past states of stress. Veins [ ] Most mineral systems are a result of repeated natural fracturing during periods of relatively high. The impact of high pore fluid pressure on the formation process of mineral vein systems is particularly evident in 'crack-seal' veins, where the vein material is part of a series of discrete fracturing events, and extra vein material is deposited on each occasion.

One example of long-term repeated natural fracturing is in the effects of seismic activity. Stress levels rise and fall episodically, and earthquakes can cause large volumes of water to be expelled from fluid-filled fractures.

This process is referred to as 'seismic pumping'. Dikes [ ] Minor intrusions in the upper part of the, such as dikes, propagate in the form of fluid-filled cracks.

In such cases, the fluid is. In sedimentary rocks with a significant water content, fluid at fracture tip will be steam. History [ ] Precursors [ ] Fracturing as a method to stimulate shallow, hard rock oil wells dates back to the 1860s. Dynamite or nitroglycerin detonations were used to increase oil and natural gas production from petroleum bearing formations.

On 25 April 1865, veteran Col. Roberts received a patent for an '.

It was employed in,,, and using liquid and also, later, solidified. Later still the same method was applied to water and gas wells.

Stimulation of wells with acid, instead of explosive fluids, was introduced in the 1930s. Due to, fractures would not close completely resulting in further productivity increase. Oil and gas wells [ ] The relationship between well performance and treatment pressures was studied by Floyd Farris of. This study was the basis of the first hydraulic fracturing experiment, conducted in 1947 at the in of southwestern by Stanolind. For the well treatment, 1,000 US gallons (3,800 l; 830 imp gal) of gelled gasoline (essentially ) and sand from the was injected into the gas-producing limestone formation at 2,400 feet (730 m). The experiment was not very successful as deliverability of the well did not change appreciably.

The process was further described by J.B. Clark of Stanolind in his paper published in 1948. A patent on this process was issued in 1949 and exclusive license was granted to the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. On 17 March 1949, Halliburton performed the first two commercial hydraulic fracturing treatments in, and. Since then, hydraulic fracturing has been used to stimulate approximately one million oil and gas wells in various geologic regimes with good success. In contrast with large-scale hydraulic fracturing used in low-permeability formations, small hydraulic fracturing treatments are commonly used in high-permeability formations to remedy 'skin damage', a low-permeability zone that sometimes forms at the rock-borehole interface. In such cases the fracturing may extend only a few feet from the borehole.

In the, the first hydraulic fracturing was carried out in 1952. Other countries in Europe and Northern Africa subsequently employed hydraulic fracturing techniques including Norway, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Massive fracturing [ ]. Well head after all the hydraulic fracturing equipment has been taken off location Massive hydraulic fracturing (also known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing) is a technique first applied by in, USA in 1968. The definition of massive hydraulic fracturing varies, but generally refers to treatments injecting over 150 short tons, or approximately 300,000 pounds (136 metric tonnes), of proppant. American geologists gradually became aware that there were huge volumes of gas-saturated sandstones with permeability too low (generally less than 0.1 ) to recover the gas economically. Starting in 1973, massive hydraulic fracturing was used in thousands of gas wells in the,, the, and the, and in other hard rock formations of the western US. Other tight sandstone wells in the US made economically viable by massive hydraulic fracturing were in the Clinton-Medina Sandstone (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York), and Cotton Valley Sandstone (Texas and Louisiana). Massive hydraulic fracturing quickly spread in the late 1970s to western Canada, and gas-bearing sandstones in Germany, Netherlands (onshore and offshore gas fields), and the United Kingdom in the.

Were unusual until the late 1980s. Then, operators in Texas began completing thousands of oil wells by drilling horizontally in the, and giving massive slickwater hydraulic fracturing treatments to the wellbores. Horizontal wells proved much more effective than vertical wells in producing oil from tight chalk; sedimentary beds are usually nearly horizontal, so horizontal wells have much larger contact areas with the target formation.

Shales [ ] Hydraulic fracturing of shales goes back at least to 1965, when some operators in the Big Sandy gas field of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia started hydraulically fracturing the Ohio Shale and Cleveland Shale, using relatively small fracs. The frac jobs generally increased production, especially from lower-yielding wells. In 1976, the United States government started the, which included numerous public-private hydraulic fracturing demonstration projects. During the same period, the, a gas industry research consortium, received approval for research and funding from the. In 1997, Nick Steinsberger, an engineer of Mitchell Energy (now part of ), applied the slickwater fracturing technique, using more water and higher pump pressure than previous fracturing techniques, which was used in East Texas by Union Pacific Resources (now part of ), in the Barnett Shale of north Texas. In 1998, the new technique proved to be successful when the first 90 days gas production from the well called S.H. 3 exceeded production of any of the company's previous wells.

This new completion technique made gas extraction widely economical in the Barnett Shale, and was later applied to other shales. Has been called the 'father of fracking' because of his role in applying it in shales. The first horizontal well in the was drilled in 1991, but was not widely done in the Barnett until it was demonstrated that gas could be economically extracted from vertical wells in the Barnett. As of 2013, massive hydraulic fracturing is being applied on a commercial scale to shales in the United States, Canada, and China.. Process [ ] According to the (EPA), hydraulic fracturing is a process to stimulate a natural gas, oil, or geothermal well to maximize extraction. The EPA defines the broader process to include acquisition of source water, well construction, well stimulation, and waste disposal. Method [ ] A hydraulic fracture is formed by pumping into a wellbore at a rate sufficient to increase pressure at the target depth (determined by the location of the well casing perforations), to exceed that of the fracture gradient (pressure gradient) of the rock.

The fracture gradient is defined as pressure increase per unit of depth relative to density, and is usually measured in pounds per square inch, per square foot, or bars. The rock cracks, and the fracture fluid permeates the rock extending the crack further, and further, and so on. Fractures are localized as pressure drops off with the rate of frictional loss, which is relative to the distance from the well. Operators typically try to maintain 'fracture width', or slow its decline following treatment, by introducing a into the injected fluid – a material such as grains of sand, ceramic, or other particulate, thus preventing the fractures from closing when injection is stopped and pressure removed. Consideration of proppant strength and prevention of proppant failure becomes more important at greater depths where pressure and stresses on fractures are higher.

The propped fracture is permeable enough to allow the flow of gas, oil, salt water and hydraulic fracturing fluids to the well. During the process, fracturing fluid leakoff (loss of fracturing fluid from the fracture channel into the surrounding permeable rock) occurs. If not controlled, it can exceed 70% of the injected volume. This may result in formation matrix damage, adverse formation fluid interaction, and altered fracture geometry, thereby decreasing efficiency. The location of one or more fractures along the length of the borehole is strictly controlled by various methods that create or seal holes in the side of the wellbore.

Hydraulic fracturing is performed in wellbores, and the zones to be fractured are accessed by the casing at those locations. Hydraulic-fracturing equipment used in oil and natural gas fields usually consists of a slurry blender, one or more high-pressure, high-volume fracturing pumps (typically powerful triplex or quintuplex pumps) and a monitoring unit.

Associated equipment includes fracturing tanks, one or more units for storage and handling of proppant, high-pressure treating iron [ ], a chemical additive unit (used to accurately monitor chemical addition), low-pressure flexible hoses, and many gauges and meters for flow rate, fluid density, and treating pressure. Chemical additives are typically 0.5% percent of the total fluid volume.

Fracturing equipment operates over a range of pressures and injection rates, and can reach up to 100 megapascals (15,000 psi) and 265 litres per second (9.4 cu ft/s) (100 barrels per minute). Well types [ ] A distinction can be made between conventional, low-volume hydraulic fracturing, used to stimulate high-permeability reservoirs for a single well, and unconventional, high-volume hydraulic fracturing, used in the completion of tight gas and shale gas wells.

High-volume hydraulic fracturing usually requires higher pressures than low-volume fracturing; the higher pressures are needed to push out larger volumes of fluid and proppant that extend farther from the borehole. Involves wellbores with a terminal drillhole completed as a 'lateral' that extends parallel with the rock layer containing the substance to be extracted.

For example, laterals extend 1,500 to 5,000 feet (460 to 1,520 m) in the basin in Texas, and up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in the in North Dakota. In contrast, a vertical well only accesses the thickness of the rock layer, typically 50–300 feet (15–91 m). Horizontal drilling reduces surface disruptions as fewer wells are required to access the same volume of rock. Drilling often plugs up the pore spaces at the wellbore wall, reducing permeability at and near the wellbore.

This reduces flow into the borehole from the surrounding rock formation, and partially seals off the borehole from the surrounding rock. Low-volume hydraulic fracturing can be used to restore permeability.

Fracturing fluids [ ]. Main articles: and The main purposes of fracturing fluid are to extend fractures, add lubrication, change gel strength, and to carry proppant into the formation. There are two methods of transporting proppant in the fluid – high-rate and high.

High-viscosity fracturing tends to cause large dominant fractures, while high-rate (slickwater) fracturing causes small spread-out micro-fractures. [ ] Water-soluble gelling agents (such as ) increase viscosity and efficiently deliver proppant into the formation.

Example of high pressure manifold combining pump flows before injection into well Fluid is typically a of water, proppant, and. Additionally, gels, foams, and compressed gases, including, and air can be injected.

Typically, 90% of the fluid is water and 9.5% is sand with chemical additives accounting to about 0.5%. However, fracturing fluids have been developed using (LPG) and propane in which water is unnecessary.

The proppant is a granular material that prevents the created fractures from closing after the fracturing treatment. Types of proppant include, resin-coated sand,, and man-made ceramics. The choice of proppant depends on the type of permeability or grain strength needed. In some formations, where the pressure is great enough to crush grains of natural silica sand, higher-strength proppants such as bauxite or ceramics may be used. The most commonly used proppant is silica sand, though proppants of uniform size and shape, such as a ceramic proppant, are believed to be more effective.

USGS map of water use from hydraulic fracturing between 2011 and 2014. One cubic meter of water is 264.172 gallons. The fracturing fluid varies depending on fracturing type desired, and the conditions of specific wells being fractured, and water characteristics. The fluid can be gel, foam, or slickwater-based.

Fluid choices are tradeoffs: more viscous fluids, such as gels, are better at keeping proppant in suspension; while less-viscous and lower-friction fluids, such as slickwater, allow fluid to be pumped at higher rates, to create fractures farther out from the wellbore. Important material properties of the fluid include,, various, and others.

Water is mixed with sand and chemicals to create fracking fluid. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing. A typical fracture treatment uses between 3 and 12 additive chemicals. Windows Billedgalleri Gratis. Although there may be unconventional fracturing fluids, typical chemical additives can include one or more of the following: • — or is used in the pre-fracturing stage for cleaning the perforations and initiating fissure in the near-wellbore rock.

• (salt)—delays breakdown of gel. • and other friction reducers decrease turbulence in fluid flow and pipe friction, thus allowing the pumps to pump at a higher rate without having greater pressure on the surface. • —prevents formation of in the pipe. • —used for maintaining fluid viscosity during the temperature increase. • and carbonates—used for maintaining effectiveness of. • Anaerobic, Biocide, BIO— used as of the water ( elimination). • and other water-soluble gelling agents—increases viscosity of the fracturing fluid to deliver proppant into the formation more efficiently.

• —used for prevention. • —used to winterize the chemicals to ensure it doesn't freeze. The most common chemical used for in 2005–2009 was, while some other most widely used chemicals were,, and.

Typical fluid types are: • Conventional linear gels. These gels are cellulose derivative (,,,, ), or its derivatives (, ), mixed with other chemicals. [ ] • Borate-crosslinked fluids. These are guar-based fluids cross-linked with ions (from aqueous / solution). These gels have higher viscosity at pH 9 onwards and are used to carry proppant. After the fracturing job, the pH is reduced to 3–4 so that the cross-links are broken, and the gel is less viscous and can be pumped out.

• Organometallic-crosslinked fluids –,,, salts – are known to crosslink guar-based gels. The crosslinking mechanism is not reversible, so once the proppant is pumped down along with cross-linked gel, the fracturing part is done. The gels are broken down with appropriate breakers. [ ] • Aluminium phosphate-ester oil gels. And oils are slurried to form cross-linked gel.

These are one of the first known gelling systems. For slickwater fluids the use of sweeps is common. Sweeps are temporary reductions in the proppant concentration, which help ensure that the well is not overwhelmed with proppant.

As the fracturing process proceeds, viscosity-reducing agents such as and breakers are sometimes added to the fracturing fluid to deactivate the gelling agents and encourage flowback. Such oxidizer react with and break down the gel, reducing the fluid's viscosity and ensuring that no proppant is pulled from the formation. An enzyme acts as a catalyst for breaking down the gel. Sometimes are used to break down the crosslink at the end of a hydraulic fracturing job, since many require a pH buffer system to stay viscous. At the end of the job, the well is commonly flushed with water under pressure (sometimes blended with a friction reducing chemical.) Some (but not all) injected fluid is recovered.

This fluid is managed by several methods, including underground injection control, treatment, discharge, recycling, and temporary storage in pits or containers. New technology is continually developing to better handle waste water and improve re-usability.

Fracture monitoring [ ] Measurements of the pressure and rate during the growth of a hydraulic fracture, with knowledge of fluid properties and proppant being injected into the well, provides the most common and simplest method of monitoring a hydraulic fracture treatment. This data along with knowledge of the underground geology can be used to model information such as length, width and conductivity of a propped fracture. Injection of along with the fracturing fluid is sometimes used to determine the injection profile and location of created fractures. Are selected to have the readily detectable radiation, appropriate chemical properties, and a half life and toxicity level that will minimize initial and residual contamination. Radioactive isotopes chemically bonded to glass (sand) and/or resin beads may also be injected to track fractures.

For example, plastic pellets coated with 10 GBq of Ag-110mm may be added to the proppant, or sand may be labelled with Ir-192, so that the proppant's progress can be monitored. Radiotracers such as Tc-99m and I-131 are also used to measure flow rates. The publishes guidelines which list a wide range of radioactive materials in solid, liquid and gaseous forms that may be used as tracers and limit the amount that may be used per injection and per well of each radionuclide. A new technique in well-monitoring involves fiber-optic cables outside the casing. Using the fiber optics, temperatures can be measured every foot along the well – even while the wells are being fracked and pumped.

By monitoring the temperature of the well, engineers can determine how much fracking fluid different parts of the well use as well as how much natural gas or oil they collect, during hydraulic fracturing operation and when the well is producing. [ ] Microseismic monitoring [ ] For more advanced applications, monitoring is sometimes used to estimate the size and orientation of induced fractures. Microseismic activity is measured by placing an array of in a nearby wellbore. By mapping the location of any small seismic events associated with the growing fracture, the approximate geometry of the fracture is inferred. Arrays deployed on the surface or down a well provide another technology for monitoring strain Microseismic mapping is very similar geophysically to. In earthquake seismology, seismometers scattered on or near the surface of the earth record and that are released during an earthquake event.

This allows for motion [ ] along the fault plane to be estimated and its location in the earth’s subsurface mapped. Hydraulic fracturing, an increase in formation stress proportional to the net fracturing pressure, as well as an increase in pore pressure due to leakoff. [ ] Tensile stresses are generated ahead of the fracture's tip, generating large amounts of. The increases in and in formation stress combine and affect weaknesses near the hydraulic fracture, like natural fractures, joints, and bedding planes. Different methods have different location errors [ ] and advantages. Accuracy of microseismic event mapping is dependent on the signal-to-noise ratio and the distribution of sensors.

Accuracy of events located by is improved by sensors placed in multiple azimuths from the monitored borehole. In a downhole array location, accuracy of events is improved by being close to the monitored borehole (high signal-to-noise ratio).

Monitoring of microseismic events induced by reservoir [ ] stimulation has become a key aspect in evaluation of hydraulic fractures, and their optimization. The main goal of hydraulic fracture monitoring is to completely characterize the induced fracture structure, and distribution of conductivity within a formation. Geomechanical analysis, such as understanding a formations material properties, in-situ conditions, and geometries, helps monitoring by providing a better definition of the environment in which the fracture network propagates. The next task is to know the location of proppant within the fracture and the distribution of fracture conductivity.

This can be monitored using multiple types of techniques to finally develop a reservoir model than accurately predicts well performance. Horizontal completions [ ] Since the early 2000s, advances in and technology have made horizontal wellbores much [ ] more economical. Horizontal wellbores allow far greater exposure to a formation than conventional vertical wellbores. This is particularly useful in shale formations which do not have sufficient permeability to produce economically with a vertical well. Such wells, when drilled onshore, are now usually hydraulically fractured in a number of stages, especially in North America. The type of wellbore completion is used to determine how many times a formation is fractured, and at what locations along the horizontal section. In North America, shale reservoirs such as the,,,,, and most recently the, and shales are drilled horizontally through the producing interval(s), completed and fractured.

[ ] The method by which the fractures are placed along the wellbore is most commonly achieved by one of two methods, known as 'plug and perf' and 'sliding sleeve'. The wellbore for a plug-and-perf job is generally composed of standard steel casing, cemented or uncemented, set in the drilled hole. Once the drilling rig has been removed, a is used to near the bottom of the well, and then fracturing fluid is pumped. Then the wireline truck sets a plug in the well to temporarily seal off that section so the next section of the wellbore can be treated. Another stage is pumped, and the process is repeated along the horizontal length of the wellbore. The wellbore for the sliding sleeve [ ] technique is different in that the sliding sleeves are included at set spacings in the steel casing at the time it is set in place. The sliding sleeves are usually all closed at this time.

When the well is due to be fractured, the bottom sliding sleeve is opened using one of several activation techniques [ ] and the first stage gets pumped. Once finished, the next sleeve is opened, concurrently isolating the previous stage, and the process repeats. For the sliding sleeve method, wireline is usually not required. Sleeves These completion techniques may allow for more than 30 stages to be pumped into the horizontal section of a single well if required, which is far more than would typically be pumped into a vertical well that had far fewer feet of producing zone exposed. Uses [ ] Hydraulic fracturing is used to increase the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be recovered from subterranean natural reservoirs. Reservoirs are typically porous, or rocks, but also include 'unconventional reservoirs' such as rock or beds. Hydraulic fracturing enables the extraction of natural gas and oil from rock formations deep below the earth's surface (generally 2,000–6,000 m (5,000–20,000 ft)), which is greatly below typical groundwater reservoir levels.

At such depth, there may be insufficient or reservoir pressure to allow natural gas and oil to flow from the rock into the wellbore at high economic return. Thus, creating conductive fractures in the rock is instrumental in extraction from naturally impermeable shale reservoirs. Permeability is measured in the micro to nanodarcy range. Fractures are a conductive path connecting a larger volume of reservoir to the well. So-called 'super fracking,' creates cracks deeper in the rock formation to release more oil and gas, and increases efficiency. The yield for typical shale bores generally falls off after the first year or two, but the peak producing life of a well can be extended to several decades. See also:,,, and Hydraulic fracturing has been seen as one of the key methods of extracting and resources.

According to the, the remaining technically recoverable resources of shale gas are estimated to amount to 208 trillion cubic metres (7,300 trillion cubic feet), tight gas to 76 trillion cubic metres (2,700 trillion cubic feet), and to 47 trillion cubic metres (1,700 trillion cubic feet). As a rule, formations of these resources have lower permeability than conventional gas formations. Therefore, depending on the geological characteristics of the formation, specific technologies such as hydraulic fracturing are required. Although there are also other methods to extract these resources, such as conventional drilling or horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing is one of the key methods making their extraction economically viable. The multi-stage fracturing technique has facilitated the development of shale gas and light tight oil production in the United States and is believed to do so in the other countries with unconventional hydrocarbon resources. A large majority of studies indicate that hydraulic fracturing in the United States has had a strong positive economic benefit so far. The Brookings Institute estimates that the benefits of Shale Gas alone has led to a net economic benefit of $48 billion per year.

Most of this benefit is within the consumer and industrial sectors due to the significantly reduced prices for natural gas. Other studies have suggested that the economic benefits are outweighed by the externalities and that the levelized cost of electricity(LCOE) from less carbon and water intensive sources is lower.

Research suggests that hydraulic fracturing wells have an adverse impact on agricultural productivity in the vicinity of the wells. One paper found 'that productivity of an irrigated crop decreases by 5% when a well is drilled during the agriculturally active months within 11–20 km radius of a producing township. This effect becomes smaller and weaker as the distance between township and wells increases.' The findings imply that the introduction of fracking wells to Alberta cost the province $3.3 million in 2014 due to the decline in the crop productivity, Public debate [ ].

Poster against hydraulic fracturing in, Spain, October 2012 Politics and public policy [ ] An has emerged both internationally with involvement of international and nations such as France and locally in affected areas such as in Sussex where the was in progress during mid-2013. The considerable opposition against hydraulic fracturing activities in local townships in the United States has led companies to adopt a variety of measures to reassure the public, including the employment of former military personnel with training in operations. According to Matt Pitzarella, the communications director at, employees trained in the Middle East have been valuable to Range Resources in Pennsylvania, when dealing with emotionally charged township meetings and advising townships on zoning and local ordinances dealing with hydraulic fracturing. There have been many protests directed at hydraulic fracturing. For example, ten people were arrested in 2013 during an anti-fracking protest near New Matamoras, Ohio, after they illegally entered a development zone and latched themselves to drilling equipment. In northwest Pennsylvania, there was a drive-by shooting at a well site, in which someone shot two rounds of a small-caliber rifle in the direction of a drilling rig, before shouting profanities at the site and fleeing the scene. In, a contractor working on a gas pipeline found a that had been placed where a pipeline was to be constructed, which local authorities said would have caused a 'catastrophe' had they not discovered and detonated it.

In 2014 a number of European officials suggested that several major European protests against fracking (with mixed success in Lithuania and Ukraine) may be partially sponsored by, Russia's state-controlled gas company. The suggested that Russia saw its natural gas exports to Europe as a key element of its geopolitical influence, and that this market would diminish if fracking is adopted in Eastern Europe, as it opens up significant reserves in the region. Russian officials have on numerous occasions made public statements to the effect that fracking 'poses a huge environmental problem'. In December 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the 'Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report).' The EPA found scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources. Documentary films [ ] 's nominated film became a center of opposition to hydraulic fracturing of shale. The movie presented problems with groundwater contamination near well sites in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Energy in Depth, an oil and gas industry lobbying group, called the film's facts into question. In response, a rebuttal of Energy in Depth's claims of inaccuracy was posted on Gasland's website. The Director of the (COGCC) offered to be interviewed as part of the film if he could review what was included from the interview in the final film but Fox declined the offer., and aired advertisements during 2011 and 2012 that claimed to describe the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas and argue that hydraulic fracturing was safe. The film, starring, takes on hydraulic fracturing. The gas industry is making plans to try to counter the film's criticisms of hydraulic fracturing with informational flyers, and and posts.

In January 2013 journalist and filmmaker released a crowdfunded documentary called as a response to the statements made by Fox in Gasland. FrackNation premiered on 's. The premiere corresponded with the release of Promised Land. In April 2013, Josh Fox released Gasland 2, a documentary that states that the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that hydraulically fractured wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth's climate with the potent greenhouse gas methane. In 2014, Vido Innovations released the documentary The Ethics of Fracking.

The film covers the politics, spiritual, scientific, medical and professional points of view on hydraulic fracturing. It also digs into the way the gas industry portrays fracking in their advertising. In 2015, the Canadian documentary film had its world premiere at the.

Research issues [ ] Typically the funding source of the research studies is a focal point of controversy. Concerns have been raised about research funded by foundations and corporations, or by environmental groups, which can at times lead to at least the appearance of unreliable studies. Several organizations, researchers, and media outlets have reported difficulty in conducting and reporting the results of studies on hydraulic fracturing due to industry and governmental pressure, and expressed concern over possible censoring of environmental reports. Some have argued there is a need for more research into the environmental and health effects of the technique. However, it is important to note that many of the most-cited studies over the last decade are either government estimates, environmentalist group reports, or peer-reviewed papers from academic scientists, including a 2013 EPA report that significantly lowered estimates of methane leakage compared to previous estimates, and a study commissioned by the environmentalist group and published in the, which similarly showed that the environmental effects of natural gas production were overestimated. Similarly, a study from the environmentalist was cited to show that a previous highly cited study 'significantly overestimate[s] the fugitive emissions associated with unconventional gas extraction.' Health risks [ ] There is concern over the possible adverse implications of hydraulic fracturing activity.

A 2013 review on shale gas production in the United States stated, 'with increasing numbers of drilling sites, more people are at risk from accidents and exposure to harmful substances used at fractured wells.' A 2011 hazard assessment recommended full disclosure of chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing and drilling as many have immediate health effects, and many may have long-term health effects. In June 2014 published a review of the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of shale gas extraction in the UK, based on the examination of literature and data from countries where hydraulic fracturing already occurs.

The executive summary of the report stated: 'An assessment of the currently available evidence indicates that the potential risks to public health from exposure to the emissions associated with shale gas extraction will be low if the operations are properly run and regulated. Most evidence suggests that, if it occurs, is most likely to be caused by leakage through the vertical borehole. Contamination of groundwater from the underground hydraulic fracturing process itself (ie the fracturing of the shale) is unlikely. However, surface spills of hydraulic fracturing fluids or wastewater may affect groundwater, and emissions to air also have the potential to impact on health. Where potential risks have been identified in the literature, the reported problems are typically a result of operational failure and a poor regulatory environment.' : iii A 2012 report prepared for the European Union Directorate-General for the Environment identified potential risks to humans from air pollution and ground water contamination posed by hydraulic fracturing. This led to a series of recommendations in 2014 to mitigate these concerns.

A 2012 guidance for pediatric nurses in the US said that hydraulic fracturing had a potential negative impact on public health and that pediatric nurses should be prepared to gather information on such topics so as to advocate for improved community health. A 2017 study in the found that 'additional well pads drilled within 1 kilometer of a community water system intake increases shale gas-related contaminants in drinking water.' Environmental impacts [ ]. See also: and The potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing include air emissions and climate change, high water consumption, water contamination, land use, risk of earthquakes, noise pollution, and health effects on humans. Air emissions are primarily methane that escapes from wells, along with industrial emissions from equipment used in the extraction process. Modern UK and EU regulation requires zero emissions of methane, a potent.

Escape of methane is a bigger problem in older wells than in ones built under more recent EU legislation. Hydraulic fracturing uses between 1.2 and 3.5 million US gallons (4,500 and 13,200 m 3) of water per well, with large projects using up to 5 million US gallons (19,000 m 3). Additional water is used when wells are refractured. An average well requires 3 to 8 million US gallons (11,000 to 30,000 m 3) of water over its lifetime.

According to the, greater volumes of fracturing fluids are required in Europe, where the shale depths average 1.5 times greater than in the U.S. May be contaminated through spillage and improperly built and maintained waste pits, and can be contaminated if the fluid is able to escape the formation being fractured (through, for example, abandoned wells) or by (the returning fluids, which also contain dissolved constituents such as minerals and ).

Produced water is managed by, and and discharge, self-contained systems at well sites or fields, and recycling to fracture future wells. Typically less than half of the produced water used to fracture the formation is recovered. About 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) of land is needed per each for surface installations. Well pad and supporting structure construction significantly fragments landscapes which likely has negative effects on wildlife. These sites need to be remediated after wells are exhausted. Research indicates that effects on ecosystem services costs (i.e. Those processes that the natural world provides to humanity)has reached over $250 million per year in the U.S.

Each well pad (in average 10 wells per pad) needs during preparatory and hydraulic fracturing process about 800 to 2,500 days of noisy activity, which affect both residents and local wildlife. In addition, noise is created by continuous truck traffic (sand, etc.) needed in hydraulic fracturing. Research is underway to determine if human health has been affected by air and water pollution, and rigorous following of safety procedures and regulation is required to avoid harm and to manage the risk of accidents that could cause harm.

In July 2013, the US Federal Railroad Administration listed oil contamination by hydraulic fracturing chemicals as 'a possible cause' of corrosion in oil tank cars. Hydraulic fracturing has been sometimes linked to or earthquakes. The magnitude of these events is usually too small to be detected at the surface, although tremors attributed to fluid injection into disposal wells have been large enough to have often been felt by people, and to have caused property damage and possibly injuries. Geological Survey reported that up to 7.9 million people in several states have a similar earthquake risk to that of California with hydraulic fracturing and similar practices being a prime contributing factor.

Microseismic events are often used to map the horizontal and vertical extent of the fracturing. A better understanding of the geology of the area being fracked and used for injection wells can be helpful in mitigating the potential for significant seismic events.

Regulations [ ]. See also: and Countries using or considering use of hydraulic fracturing have implemented different regulations, including developing federal and regional legislation, and local zoning limitations. In 2011, after public pressure France became the first nation to ban hydraulic fracturing, based on the as well as the principle of preventive and corrective action of environmental hazards. The ban was upheld by an October 2013 ruling of the. Some other countries such as Scotland have placed a temporary moratorium on the practice due to public health concerns and strong public opposition.

Countries like the United Kingdom and have lifted their bans, choosing to focus on regulation instead of outright prohibition. Germany has announced draft regulations that would allow using hydraulic fracturing for the exploitation of shale gas deposits with the exception of. In China, regulation on shale gas still faces hurdles, as it has complex interrelations with other regulatory regimes, especially trade.

Many states in Australia have either permanently or temporarily banned fracturing for hydrocarbons. The European Union has adopted a recommendation for minimum principles for using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Its regulatory regime requires full disclosure of all additives. In the United States, the Ground Water Protection Council launched FracFocus.org, an online voluntary disclosure database for hydraulic fracturing fluids funded by oil and gas trade groups and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Hydraulic fracturing is excluded from the 's underground injection control's regulation, except when is used. The EPA assures surveillance of the issuance of drilling permits when diesel fuel is employed.

In 2012, Vermont became the first state in the United States to ban hydraulic fracturing. On 17 December 2014, New York became the second state to issue a complete ban on any hydraulic fracturing due to potential risks to human health and the environment.

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But to my disappointment, it has a pay wall. Very late in the game, you will stop receiving new items to crush, but a new item set can only be unlocked after you crush all the unique items you already have. Which can't be done, because you literally crushed them all. Oversight or design choice, it really sucked the enjoyment out of the game, all you can do than is just crush the same items over and over. Give the game a spin i guess, just beware of the pay wall.

Spent ~10 hours playing it and I enjoyed most of that time. Game it self has nice concept, nice graphics, and it's controls are pretty easy to understand. Really nice thing here is that this game is not pay to win, you can buy/reach anything if you invest time.

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But to my disappointment, it has a pay wall. Very late in the game, you will stop receiving new items to crush, but a new item set can only be unlocked after you crush all the unique items you already have. Which can't be done, because you literally crushed them all. Oversight or design choice, it really sucked the enjoyment out of the game, all you can do than is just crush the same items over and over. Give the game a spin i guess, just beware of the pay wall. Spent ~10 hours playing it and I enjoyed most of that time.

Game it self has nice concept, nice graphics, and it's controls are pretty easy to understand. Really nice thing here is that this game is not pay to win, you can buy/reach anything if you invest time. I got up to 201k subs, but around 150k subs it started being pretty repetitive and i was just speed running everything.

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