Monday, October 24, 2016

Fracking done 'bigly;' Chesapeake claims fracking record

Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday at an analyst conference that it set a record for fracking by pumping more than 25,000 tons of sand down one Louisiana natural gas well, a process the shale driller christened propageddon.

The super-sized dose of sand -- known as proppant -- is able to prop open bigger and more numerous cracks in the rock for oil and gas to flow. Output from the well increased 70 percent over traditional fracking techniques, Jason Pigott, vice president of operations, said during a presentation.

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