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Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. Message Board

  • davidmorse42 davidmorse42 Jun 29, 2013 11:37 AM Flag

    I Need To Understand Fracking----- Please Help Me

    1. Assuming their are 30 frack stages, does that require a rig to go back on the site each time a stage is fracked?

    2. How long is the average frack stage?

    3. Is the "sand" used in the process a special proprietary mixture or just sand?

    4. Is the chemical composition standard or does each company use a different formula?

    5. Can the water be salt or fresh? Does it matter?

    6. Is there an explosive charge used somehow? If so, what happens to the pipe?

    As you can tell, I can't imagine how all this works and would appreciate any among you trying to explain the process in layman's terms.


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    • ht0629 Jul 1, 2013 12:29 PM Flag

      A very simple explanation of fracking is what happens when the shorts try to cover!!! Sorry could not resist!

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    • It all on the internet so why don't you look it up yourself. There is no excuse, you could find the answers to your questions. To be honest, a knowledgeable person, knowing the ins and out of fracking is something you should understand from start to completion. Too easy to learn on-line and more people need to do that.
      Nothing personal.

    • There are some fracking animation videos on U tube that will give you a visual look at the process. IN short, the rig is used to drill the well, but the fracking process is done with trucks and pumps. I am not sure about avererage length of stagesk but I think it is around 150 to 300 feet. Sand is part of most fracking mixes; hoever, some deep well fracking like that done by KOG is all ceramic proppants that are harder particles than sand, and some compan\ies use hybrid "coated sand" as proppant. Each company develops its own "mix" but I think there is a significant amount of info sharing betweeen companies drilling in close proximity ot one another as to what works best. Water is fresh because salt is corrosive to the steel piping. yes there are explosive charges, but they are small and controlled by use of a perfing gun that runs inside the steel casing and perfs the casing wall in a set pattern to maximize flow. the fracking is done in stages wherre the end of pipe is plugged, then a section is perfed, then fluid pumped in to frack that section, then a plug is put in to isolate the first stage, and then the sectio stage is fracked in same pattern. Ultimpately, all the plugs are then drilled through which opens all the stages to production. The very first part of the productio is flowback and contains about 30 to 50% fracking fluids that are separted out. I trust others have more insight but that is the basic picture. Lex

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