Gas Drilling

Definition - What does Gas Drilling mean?

Gas drilling is the process of creating fractures in a natural gas reservoir found beneath the earth’s surface. The reservoir may include crude oil or natural gas. The drilling process is usually carried out by hydraulic fracturing, which involves the insertion of a fracking fluid at high pressure to induce fractures in the rock formation. When this high pressure liquid hits the rocks and fractures are caused, natural gas can be easily extracted. Gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing is a very common process that allows drilling companies to access natural gas.

Petropedia explains Gas Drilling

Natural gas drilling is usually done by carrying out hydraulic fracturing that uses a lot of water to cause fractures in rock formations. The fractures are made to create cracks in an oil well so that natural gas and oil can be gathered easily. Fracturing makes use of fracking fluids that are mostly water, along with sand and other elements. This fluid is injected into the earth at a high pressure and this leads to fracks (cracks) in a well. Once cracks are formed in the formation, the trapped gas and oil can be drilled and accessed by drilling companies to cater to the demand.

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