Now in Fossil Power
We owe the natural gas boom we’re living in to hydraulic fracking. The drilling technique taps shale with horizontal pipe that can run for thousands of feet, a mile below the surface.
The environmental controversy over oil well “fracking” is just the latest chapter in the colorful history of a technique dating back to the birth of the petroleum industry.
Vlad Kecojevic, Massey Foundation Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of West Virginia, talks about the future of coal for engineers. From data mining to coal liquefaction to mine safety, he weighs in on the topics surrounding this rock that’s been used for energy for centuries.