Hydraulic fracturing, the process of releasing oil and natural gas that is trapped within the small spaces in the rocks below our feet, dates back to the 1940s. Since then, more than a million wells have been fractured, unlocking some of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. With advancements in technology over the past decade, fracturing has quickly become a common method to safely and reliably enhance the flow of oil and gas from the ground.
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), proven natural gas reserves in the United States increased more than 50% from 1994 to 2009, largely due to advances in hydraulic fracturing. In the next 10 years, the agency expects that 60% to 80% of wells drilled in the US will require fracturing to produce commercial quantities of natural gas.
The History of an Proven Technology