One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Inject liquid into (a subterranean rock formation, borehole, etc.) at high pressure so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.‘millions of gallons of water are needed to successfully frack a single well’‘a gas company wants to frack his land and the land around it’
- ‘Most fracked wells use 1 million to 5 million gallons of water over three to five days.’
- ‘Microseismic technology involves lowering detectors into a listening well near a fracked well.’
- ‘The advent of horizontal drilling and horizontal hydraulic fracturing technology has allowed hundreds of thousands of acres of land to be leased and eventually fracked.’
- ‘From exploratory drilling through completion, it takes about a thousand truck trips to frack a shale oil well.’
- ‘We've drilled and cased our first Utica Shale well and plan on fracking it in about a month.’
- ‘Hundreds of new wells are being drilled and fracked every year.’
- ‘People on fracked land have toxic water, their soil is toxic, the air is toxic.’
- ‘A less-publicized part of the new regulation is what some experts are most interested in: the mandatory disclosure of the amount of water needed to frack each well.’
- 1.1 Extract (oil or gas) by injecting liquid into a subterranean rock formation, borehole, etc. at high pressure.‘the industry has begun to frack natural gas from shale deposits’‘the pipeline currently brings fracked gas to New York from Texas’
- ‘I was not aware of hazards on the consuming end of using fracked gas.’
- ‘Investing in policies that encourage such changes would be much smarter than subsidizing the fertilizer industry's move toward relying on fracked gas.’
- ‘Oil companies are gearing up to frack oil deposits in the Monterey Shale, a geological formation that lies beneath some of the state's most productive farmland.’
- ‘Oil will be fracked and renewables will not be used, just as all the relatively unprofitable technologies that don't involve long chains of production from controlled sources will not be used.’
- ‘Observers focused on whether increased output and job creation could outweigh the harm that the exploitation of extreme energy resources like fracked oil was sure to do to the environment.’
- ‘The group blocked the railroad crossing in Fairfield to protest the transport of fracked oil.’
1950s: representing an abbreviated form of fracture.
Used to express annoyance, frustration, impatience, or surprise.‘what the frack is going on!’
1970s: euphemistic alteration of fuck, popularized by the US television show Battlestar Galactica.
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