Thursday, 8 November 2012
Brian Alfaro Texas, the Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale Rock
Hydraulic fracturing is the process that oil drilling companies like Alfaro Oil and Gas LLC use in order to obtain natural gas and crude oil resources from the shale rock formations located underneath the earth’s surface.
In recent years, explains San Antonio business leader Brian Alfaro, crude oil obtained from shale rock formations has become a major energy resource in the United States because the oil and natural gas that we obtain from the rocks can be used here and the price is determined by US oil companies instead of being determined by those in foreign countries. This is one of the reasons why we need more oil and natural gas drilling to be done here in the United States so that we will be able to control the fuel prices and help our nation’s economy survive.
In order to obtain fuel through the process of fracking a combination of water, salt, sand and various chemicals is injected at a very high pressure into the shale rock formations. This unique combination works to force the natural gas and crude oil resources out of the rock and throughout the well bore up to the earth’s surface so that it may be collected by oil company workers through the pipes. The water that comes from below the earth’s surface through this process is known as produced water.
While there is a lot of controversy surrounding the processof drilling for oil and natural gas here in the United States there are many benefits that we as a nation could get out of the fracking process. There have been many improvements to the drilling methods that are performed by oil companies over the years and geologists and other scientists are constantly working to provide us with cleaner and more eco-friendly ways to drill for natural resources.