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The new meaning of fracturing

April 8, 2014
By RICK WILLIAMS - Community columnist ( , Tribune Chronicle

Have we read enough about hydraulic fracturing? For most of my life, "fracturing" was a word only used in reference to anatomy, as in "compound fracturing" sidelining an athlete. The dictionary still offers definitions for it by using words such as "break," "tear," and even "violate." However, as most northeast Ohioans and western Pennsylvanians know, fracturing is the process by which natural gas is being extracted from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.



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