Natural gas extraction from the fracturing of shale rock (fracking) was once a rare and novel phenomenon. Today, its commercial value is very well communicated to global investors through financial and business sources. World energy markets have been impacted. Global investors have made very large financial commitments to the delivery of natural gas commodities from fracking “plays.” Some wells produce petroleum and gas liquids such as xylene in addition to, or instead of, methane gas. But what will the future of fracking leave behind for students to examine and landowners to pay for in future years?
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