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OilPumpThe search for increased access to clean and natural gas has been fueled, in large part, by advancements in oil and gas technologies. Although hydraulic fracturing has been around since the 1940s, industry innovation has drastically improved the process, unlocking previously unattainable supplies of natural gas throughout the world. 

There is plenty of information about hydraulic fracturing in the news lately, both fact and fiction. The Society of Petroleum Engineers provides this website as a resource to engage and educate communities on the production of energy through hydraulic fracturing. This website features the latest tools and research related to this technology.


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    Water makes up 98% to 99.2% of the fluids used for fracture treatments. Additives to reduce friction make up the less than 0.8%.

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    Fracturing is performed more than a mile below the water supply, which is equal to the length of six Empire State Buildings.

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    The largest recorded seismic movement from fracturing was 2,000 times less than the smallest recorded earthquake.

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