Hi all. Just a short note today to mention a theme I’ve recently been seeing… it involves the applicability of the word “fracking” to mean all shale gas development activities. I think we can be more specific. Today, I’m offering a suggestion on how to more carefully use “fracking” (or “fracing” for industry purists).
First off, from a non-neutral third-party dog’s eye view, I notice that “fracking” is used as a handy catch-all phrase by media and Joe Human quite often. The generalization of “fracking” has often been used to include site preparation, directional (horizontal) drilling, cementing the casings, perforating the casings and the shale, slickwater hydraulic fracturing, and the related production activities.
That’s really the only point I have today. Sometimes, it’s handy to do this– and even the industry does it when it suits them to do so. I think it’s important to be as specific as we can, when we can. People need to realize that the problems with shale gas development have been evidenced from start to finish, and that they encompass much more than just the process of hydraulic fracturing itself.