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Fracking process to benefit oil customers, too

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Fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from rock by creating fissures or fractures using hydraulic (liquid) pressure, is also used to extract oil, and will benefit those customers, too.This method is used mainly in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and is much more cost effective than drilling.

TransCanada Corp., which will operate the Southern portion of the Keystone XL project--an expansion of the existing Keystone pipeline, but now will connect Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Fracking is used to extract crude oil from sand pits in Canada. The old pipeline delivered it to Cushing, Oklahoma and this new pipeline extension would be larger and deliver it directly to the many refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Additionally a second part of the Keystone XL project would connect Alberta, Canada to Kansas. This is significant, because that pipeline would pass through the Bakken Shale region of Montana, where fracking, once again is used to extract oil, causing this area to be one of the largest domestic producers of crude.

Taken all together, supplying the Gulf Cost region with a less expensive crude to be refined into heating oil and gasoline, should reduce the price of those supplies for everyone.

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