South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable
South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable

What Is Fracking?


What Fracking Is

  • A process during the drilling and completion phase of a well where we inject water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to crack rock formations long known to hold oil and natural gas.
  • A technology that has been repeated and perfected over 1 million times over the past 80 years.
  • Deemed safe by the EPA after a landmark, comprehensive study found that fracking does not lead to widespread water contamination.
  • Provides substantial economic impact to cities and areas of development, providing opportunities for direct and indirect employment opportunities.
  • Allows for companies to use less surface area to produce the same amount, if not more oil and natural gas. That means more land to use for cattle, crop or hunting.

What Fracking Isn’t

  • Fracking does not lead to water contamination. (Note EPA study)
  • Fracking does not lead to the ability to light your faucet on fire. (EID post on fraud in faucet lighting case)
  • Frac fluids do not contain a majority of chemicals in its composition. In fact, chemicals only make up .05 to 1% of the mixture injected downhole. These chemicals used to ensure the sand stays downhole and the ph level of the water remains consistent.
  • Fracking does not lead to drought conditions. In fact, fracking operations account for only 1 – 7% of water use per county in Texas.

In their video below, Marathon sheds light on a very complex topic: hydraulic fracturing. Click the video below to learn more!

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