Waterless Fracking Comes to Tuscarawas County

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By Jon Baker

A Canadian company that specializes in waterless fracking is putting its technology to use in the Utica Shale play in Tuscarawas County.

Besides saving water, the new technology has the potential to give energy companies access to the oil trapped deep underground in the Utica play.

GasFrac Energy Services uses liquid butane and mineral oil to fracture wells, instead of water — which is how all previous wells have been fracked in the Utica play. It generally takes more than 2 million gallons of fresh water to frack a well.

The company announced last week that it had begun fracturing its first well in the Utica, but it did not disclose its partners in the well. It said a number of companies have an interest in the project.

One of the likely partners is EV Energy Partners, which is drilling a test well in Clay Township near Port Washington with eight other companies. That well is being fractured with liquid butane and mineral oil.

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