Going a Mile Below


Ever wonder how many Empire State buildings it would take to reach the Marcellus shale formation? Four Empire State buildings, stacking up over a mile! Energy In Depth’s Facebook page “The Real Promised Land” recently posted this infographic to showcase the geological wonders of energy production with technology like hyrdaulic fracturing. Miles below the earth’s surface and below groundwater supplies, natural gas and oil are extracted in a safe, responsible manner. What’s even more fascinating is that hydraulic fracturing is used to reach even greater depths in places like North Dakota where oil is extracted from wells that extend 10,000ft horizontally at a depth of 10,000ft. You can find the original graphic here.


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