A Canadian company has been asked to frack two wells in Ohio using liquid petroleum gas, not water.
The request was made to GasFrac Energy Services, a company based in Calgary.
The waterless fracking could begin in the next few weeks, officials said.
The request was made by a unnamed drilling company, says Crain's Cleveland Business and Midwest Energy News.
The Canadian company would use a mixture of propane and perhaps some butane that is pressurized to the consistency of a gel.
It is then injected like water through pipes at high pressure to release oil and gas by cracking the rocks deep underground.
The LPG, unlike water, mixes with petroleum and returns to the surface. It reportedly does not dissolve any salts, heavy metals or radioactive materials. Water picks up those materials and that complicates on-surface disposal.
Most Utica shale wells in eastern Ohio take about 6 million gallons of water.
The gas process was used in 2011 by Chevron in Colorado. It reported that the technique "significantly increases production while minimizing water usage."
GasFrac has recently sigfned a contract with BlackBrush to use the technique in the Eagle Ford shale in southeast Texas.
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