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C746
Hydraulic Fracturing - A Comprehensive & Balanced Review

H. Wayne Harper, PE

Enter the fascinating world of hydraulic fracturing and learn the positive, neutral, and negative aspects of this extraction technique for natural gas. This course serves as a sequel to course #C312: Pipelining 101 - Natural Gas Industry & Transmission Pipelines, as hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil recovery came to prominence into the industry about 2005.

During the preparatory research for this course, it quickly became apparent that oil and natural gas extraction utilizing hydraulic fracturing is an extremely controversial topic. Both proponents and antagonists have propagated their respective data and viewpoints, at times passionately, to the general public. These pro- and con- positions can typically be characterized as vastly divergent. It seems the middle ground on this issue is populated by individuals who do not yet know enough details to form an opinion and choose sides.

Documented herein are the positions of all sides of the hydraulic fracturing issue.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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