Hydraulic fracturing – fracking – is the cornerstone of natural gas development today. Production companies drill a mile and a half deep and shoot a slurry of water, chemicals and sand down into the horizontal wells to break up the rock below and stimulate the release of gas hydrocarbons to the surface.

About a year and a half ago, CNX Corp. made a revolutionary – and evolutionary – decision. The Southpointe-based natural gas producer made a three-year deal to deploy an all-electric frac fleet owned by Evolution Well Services.

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Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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