LRSM Science Café @ World Cafe Live
Tim Bechtel
Enviroscan Inc. & University of Pennsylvania
“Fracking, Fracing, or Frac'ing ... What is Going on Down There?”

This talk will summarize the lifecycle of an unconventional natural gas extraction well (fracking), and pause to explain in detail the rock mechanics and process of hydraulically fracturing rocks (fracing or frac'ing) to allow hydrocarbons to flow. And it is almost certainly not what you think. This is not an advocacy talk for any side in current geo-enviro-political debates, but a factual explanation of the process that will allow the listener to monitor or engage in debates armed with good information.

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