hydraulic fracturing

SciWorks Radio
4:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Fracking & The Forces That Create Petroleum

Well heads hooked up in preparation for a hydraulic fracturing operation at a drill pad in the Fayetteville Shale gas play of Arkansas.
Credit Bill Cunningham, USGS

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting petroleum trapped in solid rock layers that were previously inaccessible. But how do they do it and how is it different from standard drilling? The politics and environmental planning involved in fracking are beyond the scope of this show, but we will explore what fracking is, and how the petroleum resources got there in the first place.

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Environment
11:16 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Commission Approves NC Fracking Rules

Credit Creative Commons Wikimedia


A state panel has approved a comprehensive list of regulations for companies that want fracking permits to drill for and collect natural gas in North Carolina. The rules are now ready for consideration by the state legislature.

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SciWorks Radio
3:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Fracking for Gas in North Carolina & the Geology That Made It

    

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. 

Check out this this map to see where the Rift Basins and Subbasins lie in North Carolina.

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