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Stricken US shale producers shift up a gear

They are pushing fracking methods to new extremes to get more oil out of their wells as prices stay low

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Many of the techniques have been around for the last four years but drillers are deploying them at a greater rate now as oil prices show little sign of recovering.

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FIFTY-STAGE frack jobs. Fifteen-foot cluster spacing. More than 2,000 pounds of proppant concentrate per foot. Top US shale producers are pushing fracking technology to new extremes to get more oil out of their wells, as they weather lower-for-longer oil prices.

While the

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