Monster fracs, superlaterals are here to stay
Remember when that kid you didn’t like in middle school used to tell you to ‘go pound sand’? Somebody who later became a petroleum engineer has heeded that advice and began to work on the monster frac.

Sand, known in the oil and gas industry as proppant, is what’s hot. In today’s world of improving well efficiency, creating bigger fracs and drilling extra-long “superlaterals,” companies are finding that in some formations more sand is better—a lot more. In some cases production from the wells ha...


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