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Interactive: What a hydraulic fracturing site looks like

Hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly known as hydro-fracking, is a new form of natural gas extraction. This process can tap into shale gas reserves that were previously unreachable. Companies use different techniques to extract the natural gas from the shale rock formations or coal beds. When the shale gas sites are active, companies bring in many different types of equipment. This map shows two different types of hydro-fracking that Corridor Resources is currently using at the McCully Gas Field in southern New Brunswick. Scroll over the green icons on the page to display what types of equipment is in the aerial image. For a better view of the equipment, click on the image to magnify the areas you want to view.

Posted: Nov 28, 2011

Hydro Fracked Site

The most common base for fracking fluids is water. Companies use a significant amount of water in traditional hydro-fracking sites. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates one well in a coal bed can require anywhere from 200,000 litres to more than 1 million litres while a horizontal well in a shale formation can use between 7.5 million to 19 million litres of water. In this image, there are a dozen large water containers on the site.

Propane Fracked Site

Companies can substitute propane for water in the fracking process. Corridor Resources has been using propane as a fracking fluid in New Brunswick since 2009. The company says “propane is stored and transported in specifically designed containers under effective regulations designed to ensure safe handling and use of this product.” The propane storage tanks are on the left of the image. Another different piece of equipment located on a propane fracking site compared to a hydro-fracking site is the fire truck that is located on the right side of the image.

(Photos courtesy of Corridor Resources. Research: Daniel McHardie. Developer: Jeremy Hanna)

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