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Video: Life Cycle of a Fracked Well – Listening, Planning, Safe Development

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 17, 2014

Check out a new video from Colorado by Anadarko that follows the life cycle of a well using advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – through the lens of the workers at each stage of development. Starting with discovery, the video captures the engineering, planning, site development, drilling, fracking and completions that result in safe extraction of oil and natural gas:

As Anadarko geologist Erin Ramaker points out on the video, oil and natural gas isn’t found everywhere, and safe hydraulic fracturing is the key to oil and natural gas development in the United States. Without fracking, there’s no oil and gas surge, no energy revolution.

Another point that comes through the video is the way successful energy development really is a partnership between industry and the community where operations are occurring. Alysha Guenther, stakeholder relations representative:

“We want to be part of their community, and collaborate when we bring our operations in – so listening, really engaging and understanding what the concerns are, addressing those concerns and incorporating back into our training process so that we can all coexist during oil and gas development.”

Safe, responsible energy development is creating jobs, advancing our economy and making America more energy secure. This is our energy revolution, as the video shows, moving forward one well at a time.


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.