A Day in the Life of a Well


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Although the first image that most people have of oil and natural gas development is a drilling rig, the actual process includes many additional steps involving dozens of scientist, engineers and technicians over as long as a decade. The steps can be summarized into:

  • Finding the right geology.
  • Leasing.
  • Geologic evaluation.
  • Complying with regulatory requirements.
  • Drilling.
  • Completing the well, which may include hydraulic fracturing.
  • Getting the product to market.

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