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To frack or not to frack

To frack or not to frack

By Andrew Komesaroff and Christopher Langton

Environment 


New legislation will have significant implications for companies exploring for and extracting gas and petroleum in Victoria. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a technique used to stimulate and enhance the production of gas and petroleum located in underground rock formations called reservoirs. The process involves injecting liquid and sand at high pressure into the reservoir to stimulate the underground rock formation and extract the gas or petroleum contained therein. Generally, this method is used to enhance production, particularly for reservoirs where the rock properties are such that the reservoir would not produce commercially feasible quantities of gas or petroleum without stimulation.

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