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Fracking expected to boom worldwide in 2012

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2012

Spears & Associates reported that hydraulic fracturing or fracking is expected to grow 19 percent worldwide in 2012 to a record $37 billion, Bloomberg News said.

North American spending on the technique is expected to top $30 billion in 2012, according to the Oklahoma-based company. It advises about 400 oil producers, hedge funds, equipment suppliers and manufacturers on energy-industry trends.

North America accounted for 87 percent of the fracking market in 2011.

The eastern United States including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with the Utica and Marcellus shales accounted for $2 billion in fracking in 2011, Spears said..

In the United States, 19,000 new horizontal wells are expected in 2012, up from 2011's record-high 16,000, said Spears.

More than half of the fracking services in the United States were provided by four companies: Halliburton Co., Schlumberger Ltd., Baker Hughes Inc.'s BJ Services and Frac Tech Services LLC.

Halliburton is No. 1 with 18 percent, followed by Schlumberger with 13 percent, Spears said.

Those companies do the fracking for energy companies like Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., the biggest player in Ohio's Utica shale.




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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

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ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

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