Wait – what is 'fracking'? An energy vocabulary quiz.

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3. And remind me: How does 'fracking' play into all of this?

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial drilling technique in which large volumes of fluid are propelled at high pressures into rock formations to open them up for oil or gas production.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial drilling technique in which large volumes of fluid are propelled at high pressures into rock formations to open them up for oil or gas production.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial drilling technique in which large volumes of fluid are propelled at high pressures into rock formations to open them up for oil or gas production.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial drilling technique in which large volumes of fluid are propelled at high pressures into rock formations to open them up for oil or gas production.

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'Fracking' is short for 'Friday racking' in which oil rigs are shut down at the end of the work week

 

'Fracking' is the the heating of kerogen to obtain shale oil

 

'Fracking' is just the energy world's slang for Tweeting

 

'Fracking' is short for hydraulic fracturing – the process of injecting rock with high-pressured liquid to release natural gas and/or tight oil

 
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