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Learn about the resources, technology and processes involved in unconventional resource development.

Technology and process

Multiple technologies in conjunction with one another make unconventional oil and gas commercially viable resources. In recent years, a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies has enabled the energy industry to access and produce natural gas economically.


Natural gas extraction and production requires a mix of resources and equipment. The geographical diversity of those supplying the equipment needed to bring unconventional supplies of oil and natural gas to the surface shows the far-flung nature of fracking manufacturing and its economic benefits.


Natural gas offers reliable, flexible power generation with significantly reduced CO2 emissions at a competitive price, making it a long-term solution to meeting the world’s future energy needs.


Learn more about natural gas and related industry terminology with XTO Energy's glossary.