I have spent some time finding good information about “Hydraulic Fracturing” and found the homepage of Aruba Petroleum (http://www.arubapetroleum.com/index.html). Aruba Petroleum Incorporated is a full service 20 plus year operating company with corporate offices located at 555 Republic Drive, Suite 505, Plano, Texas 75074. The company’s main focus today is the various shale plays, including the Barnett Shale, Marcellus Shale, and the Eagle Ford Shale, along with deeper horizons located in the extreme southern portion of the Texas Gulf Coast. On the home page they have three videos that are very informative to look at. Start with seismic survey:
Seismic survey: http://www.arubapetroleum.com/drilling_videos_3.html’
and then the drilling video: http://www.arubapetroleum.com/drilling_videos_1.html
The final video is horizontal shale drilling: http://www.arubapetroleum.com/drilling_videos_2.html
They also have a gallery of photos: http://www.arubapetroleum.com/photo_gallery.html
It is interesting to note that they also have a “Peak Oil Clock” on the home page showing consumption so far in 2012, today’s consumption (local time) and since you entered their homepage.
In 2011 the number of wells in the Barnett Shale was over 15000, some 1000 more then in 2010. However, the production was lower in 2011 then in 2010. The drilling process that you have seen has been repeated 15000 times and they need to drill more wells this year to maintain production. After 20 years of operation you get something like 100000 wells just for the Barnett Shale and this is just one limited region.