Layman's Explanation of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert DRE #SA554748000

I participate in a forum that tracks drilling, fracturing in Oklahoma. One of the "shale plays" is in the Woodford formation. Here is an explanation that Mr. Barnes posted there about how he teaches about oil shale, horizontal and hydraulic fracturing. 

When I teach geology to elementary school kids, we eat our lab experiments! I can do all sorts of things with cakes, chocolate pudding and straws, biscuits, oreos, jello, etc.  My theory is that we learn by looking, hearing, and touching, so whatever works for them works for me! 

I am visualizing a warm giant buttery biscuit with raspberry jam in the middle.  The seeds of the jam are the ceramic balls in the frac fluid holding that porosity open. The liquid part of the jam is the oil oozing out of the Woodford.  The flat buttery layers of the biscuit resembles the silty/shale layering structure of the Woodford.  One of those bendy straws is poked into the biscuit-1st part straight down and then the right angle and then the long part right into the jam parallel to the layers.  Suck on the straw and up comes the "oil".  

Using his analogy, one can quickly visualize how horizontal drilling can get to more of the oil and gas.

I made another post that is more technical and gives a better and more accurate explanation. Please follow the links there to gain a deeper understanding.

Comments (5)

Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Hmm, I was posting on the BLM post and it ended up here. Hadn't even read this one yet.

Apr 24, 2014 06:33 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Love his way of teaching!

We have several large finds in the process of being developed. Most, of course, are old finds that they are able to use modern technology on.

Thirty years ago a well was drilled on my grandparents land. It was capped because it wasn't 'producing'. They just redrilled it a few months ago and it is producing quite nicely.

Apr 24, 2014 06:36 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

John, a simple explanation but what about the environmental issues I keep reading about?

May 06, 2014 06:33 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Connie, where are you reading about the environmental issues?

Please point me to specific instances and I will be happy to comment on them.

Perhaps you are reading too much hype that has no foundation in facts.

May 06, 2014 08:28 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning John. Thank you for helping to educate us, the more we know as a country, the better off all of us are.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

May 17, 2014 01:38 AM