September 2016, Vol. 243, No. 9


GTI’s Rich History a Catalyst for Industry’s Future

With due respect to Edwin Drake who drilled the nation’s first oil well in Pennsylvania a couple of years before the Civil War broke out, and to George Mitchell and his cohorts who over a century later perfected the commercialization of horizontal drilling, micro-seismic imaging and hydraulic fracturing, today’s technology advanced through industry research and development as embodied in the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) isn’t your father’s or grandfather’s R&D. Post-fracking, it is much more complex. Today’s R&D can involve such arcane pursuits as microbial effects on biological corrosion and studying reservoir quality deterioration, while at the same time evaluating changes in th

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