Waterless Fracking – Another step in the right direction for Energy Independence

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on October 3, 2013

in Energy,United States of America

One of the major criticisms of hydraulic fracking as a method for extracting oil and gas in the United States, is that it uses an enormous amount of water.  Water is becoming increasingly scarce in certain parts of the country, especially in some areas where fracking is common.  In addition there is the issue of how to clean, recycle, or dispose of the water after it has been used in a well.

Recently though, there has been some good news out of Canada.  There is an alternative to using water for fracking.  The new technology called liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)uses propane, butane or pentane, or mixes of those gases as a substitute for water. The technology is safe for the worker, uses no water, and removes the need to clean up the site after completion of the job.  Also, there is little or no flaring using LPG, and 100 percent of the fluid used in fracturing is recoverable for sale later.

On our journey to becoming energy independent, LPG fracking may go a long way to silence critics, as well as improving the overall productivity, safety, and environmental impact from fracking.

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