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One of the biggest hurdles to explaining oil and gas production to the average person of adequate intelligence is the concept of scale. For example, in trying to illustrate how a well is drilled, fractured and produced, an educator usually employs some sort of a cartoon. We’ve all seen these: On top is a horizontal line representing the surface, usually festooned with little trees and birds and sun shining, along with some sort of drawing of a drilling rig. From this, a wellbore is shown descending through colorful layers of substrata until it reaches some sort of reservoir, where it takes a tight turn and continues on its lateral course. Often, there is a helpful disclaimer at the bottom: “NOT TO SCALE.”

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