Drillers using more sand, water to extract gas from Marcellus shale in Marshall, Ohio counties

Energy companies are using more water and sand to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Marshall and Ohio counties, a new report by a research firm said.Companies working in what’s called the “wet gas window” of the two counties are using up to 10 million gallons of water for each project, along with 13 million pounds of sand. That’s up from about 4 million gallons of water and 1 million pounds of sand a few years ago, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie.The use of sand for wells in the two counties increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2013 alone, the report shows.The drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, uses water, abrasives and chemicals to extract natural gas laced through shale deposits.”Using more sand and water has allowed us to be able to get a larger return,” Corky Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

via Drillers using more sand, water to extract gas from Marcellus shale in Marshall, Ohio counties – Daily Journal.

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