Americans have been harvesting oil and natural gas since 1821 when the first well was dug in Fredonia, New York. Since then its estimated that over 1.5 million oil & gas wells have been drilled across the United States in places like Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Here you will find information on more of the notable development regions in the county.
Though production has boomed in the last decade due to technological advancements opening up historically inaccessible reserves in shale rock layers, the overall operation remains the same: metal vs. rock.
Shale is a fine-grain sedimentary rock, containing clay minerals, quartz, and organic material. Shale often absorbs and traps natural gas, methane, and crude oil in pores and fissures.
Fresh water, treated with a friction-reducing gel, and sand are injected into a target formation through a deep well, unseating useful volumes of natural gas without disturbing the surface above it. Tightly controlled for safety, and environmental impact, the process has revitalized many slumping regional economies.