Natural gas pressure gauge

Natural gas pressure gauge

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Credit: KEN SKIPPER/US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Natural gas pressure gauge. This gauge is used to monitor the pressure of natural gas as it exits a gas well and enters a pipeline. This gauge is being used at a fracking site in the USA. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a drilling technique used to extract gas from shale deposits. A mixture of sand, chemicals and water is pumped under high pressure from the surface to underground horizontal wells. The pressure forms fissures (fractures) in the shale. The sand keeps the fissures open, allowing gas to flow into the well and rise to the surface. Well head pressures can range from 2 to 15,000 psi (pounds per square inch). This gauge ranges from 0 to 5000 psi.

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