23 Mar '12, 11am

From Engineering Marvels, a Turnaround in U.S. Oil Output

From Engineering Marvels, a Turnaround in U.S. Oil Output By CLIFFORD KRAUSS Jim Wilson/The New York Times Workers in Midland, Tex., with a pipe to be lowered into the drill string of an oil rig that was boring to a depth of nearly 11,000 feet. As Eric Lipton and I write in The Times , oil production is increasing rapidly in the United States even as gasoline consumption is falling. The revolution in production in Texas and across the country is partly tied to the rising price of oil over much of the last decade, which propelled aggressive technological experimentation and development. (Government encouragement over the last several administrations helped as well.) Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been around for years, but over the last five years, engineers have fine-tuned these and other techniques, even as many environmentalists worry about their impac...

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