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JPM1035 A wire line exits a lubricator on the Love Ranch #6 pad at one of ExxonMobile's natural gas field north of Rifle, Colo., on Wednesday afternoon, June 14, 2006. Equipment, such as the "guns" used to fire explosive charges during fracturing events, are attached to the wire line and lowered into the 12,000-foot deep wells. The oil corporation is now using existing equipment with newly-developed techniques to increase their ability to extract up to 25% more gas contained in very dense rock and sand like that found at the 280,000-acre Piceance Creek Field. Their ability to fracture the rock and then quickly plug the explosives' entry points, rather than an entire section of the well hole itself, dramatically reduces the time needed to stimulate these zones. They can work nearly 65% more zones within a given well, according to ExxonMobile. (JOE MAHONEY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) blurb: exxonmobile briefing

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