ExxonMobil drilling technique cuts down on time, costs

07/27/2009 | Dallas Morning News (free registration), The

ExxonMobil engineers have developed a faster method for fracturing, or "fracking," rock and sand to unlock natural gas, and they're using the technique at a well site in Rifle, Colo. The key is to conduct activities simultaneously. The process allows drills to move horizontally and laterally to reposition, cutting down on the cost of rig crews and speeding things along.

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