Navigating the Terminology Used in Unconventional Oil Exploration

The terms used in oil and gas well exploration can be confusing to anyone not involved in the business. At worst, these terms can be used to mislead non-specialists who are trying to learn about the potential consequences of the industry. Fracking is only one of the techniques used to stimulate oil flow, and the oil industry tends to use the term very narrowly when compared to its use by the general public.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has imposed a temporary “moratorium” on fracking to allow time to investigate the safety of the procedure and to conduct public consultations. It is very important that we understand what these terms really mean if we are to protect what we value about western Newfoundland.

We have compiled a glossary of terminology commonly used in the industry. It is accessible here: A Glossary of Terminology Used in Unconventional Oil Exploration


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