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Fayetteville Shale

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The Fayetteville Shale Information

Interactive Map.jpg The Fayetteville Shale is located in a geologic region known as the Arkoma Basin in north Arkansas. It underlies some of the most beautiful and ecologically sensitive regions of the state. The natural gas is removed from the shale by a process known as "hydraulic fracturing." Specially designed drill bits are used for the process of creating gas wells used for extraction. Fracture fluid is injected into the well under high pressure in order to open fractures in the rock. The fluid displaces the natural gas which is captured and stored at the surface.

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