Hydrofracturing and Environmental Problems

Authored by: Bosun Banjoko

Handbook of Engineering Hydrology

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466552494
eBook ISBN: 9781466552500
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b16766-11

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Abstract

Hydrofracturing, also called hydrofracking, is a method of induced hydraulic fracturing whereby fractures are propagated in a rock layer as a result of the action of a pressurized fluid through a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations. Some hydraulic fractures are naturally occurring and are referred to as “veins” or dikes and can create conduits along which gas and petroleum from source rocks migrate to the reservoir rocks [4].

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