Hydraulic fracture stimulation, or fracking, is an oil and gas term for using high pressure water and sand to crack a rock formation deep underground. By pumping this fluid into a drilled well, we are able to open up tiny fissures, up to several tenths of an inch wide, which then allow oil and natural gas resources trapped in tight rocks to flow back through our pipes and up to the surface where we capture them for energy use.
Fracking is a highly technical, precise and proven method. It allows us to more efficiently and effectively extract oil and natural gas, and with Continental’s ECO-Pad® technique, we can drill and frac four wells on a single location, using the same roads, power lines and pipelines for all four wells. Producing more energy while using fewer resources makes good economic sense and reflects the responsibility we feel toward the communities and environment in which we operate.
You can learn more about hydraulic fracturing and the ECO-Pad through our videos.