Test of Waterless Fracking in Utica Shale Could Be a Big Step Forward
From Columbus Business First:
GasFrac Energy Services Inc. has started fracturing its first trial well in the Utica shale, the company said in its third quarter update. Multiple oil and gas companies have ownership in the well and are eyeing the results to see whether the waterless method can be expanded to other Utica wells.
The Canadian company uses gelled propane – not water – during hydraulic fracturing. If successful, the technique would be an environmental boon for the industry that typically uses millions of gallons for each well it drills.