What is Fracking?

It is all over the news. You have heard this interesting term a lot lately on tv, in conversation. But what is Fracking?  Fracking is a shorter term for hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting natural gas below the surface of the earth by using a well drill, water and a mixture of chemicals. Buried deep underground lies organisms from long ago that emit a gas that we can now use for the oil and gas industry.  

Fracking Definition

Fracking can be done in any form of environment all over the world where there is natural gas.  Large drills are brought in to start by vertical drilling thousands of miles downward into the earth’s crust.  Once the drill hits the shale rock formation, it turns horizontally another possible thousand miles. After the well hole is in place, a specialized gun then pierces into the end of the horizontal well to create multiple small cracks in the shale rock layer .  

After approximately ninety days, the actual “fracking’ can take place.  A mixture of mostly water with some added chemical fluid is then pumped through the well through and into the previously made penetrations.  The pressure is so high it then cracks the earth around the well.   This fluid then collects natural gas and oil to bring it back to the surface. 

Benefits of Fracking

Fracking produces natural gas, which can be less toxic than burning coal fuels. Emitting only half the carbon dioxide than coal.   Coal produces three times as many carbon emissions as natural gas and is one of the most harmful fuels in the world. With fracking you gain a new supply of natural gas displacing the burning of coal, which each year can contribute to the early death or sickness of Americans.

By gaining additional natural gas, it drives down the price for the average consumer.  It also creates jobs and opportunities for businesses.  When fracking is done properly and safely it can benefit it’s communities.  The fracking operations are targeted and only last a few months.  The productivity of wells is steadily rising, getting more value during operations. Fracking can also bring energy investors into local economies, which can also result in them offering environmental work and generally increase the worth of their community.

Fracking Balls

Frac Balls are small spherical balls designed to seal the perforations which accept fluids, thereby diverting the reservoir fluids to the other portions of the target zones. They are also known as “Ball Sealers” in the oil and gas industry.  Frac Balls are small spherical balls made up of 7000 series grade aluminum alloys mainly 7075 and 7068 grade. 

Here at Precision Plastic & Steel Balls, we offer the very best quality of steel balls. Shop for your fracking equipment without worry. If you have any questions about our products, please feel free to contact us via email sales@precisionplasticballs.com or call 814-670-1075 . We are happy to help you find the best product for your needs.