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Number of U.S. shale wells newly used by month 2019-2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact for the U.S. shale oil and gas industry. In May 2020, the estimated number of started hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations amounted to only 335. This was a more than fourfold decline compared to the same month the previous year.

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Monthly number of started fracking operations in the United States from January 2019 to May 2020*

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Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

Januray 2019 to May 2020

Supplementary notes

* Figures are based on satellite imagery. The source provides the following information: "Actual number of started frac operations divided by the number of days in each month and multiplied by 365.25/12"
** Estimate as of June 5.

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