Saudi Arabia turns to Halliburton for its fracking needs

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Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, capped a three-week U.S. tour in Houston, where the crown prince and an entourage of Saudi and American oil executives inked new deals to study multibillion-dollar U.S. projects. less

Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, capped a three-week U.S. tour in Houston, where the crown prince and an entourage of Saudi and American oil executives inked new deals to study … more

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Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud meets with former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush in Houston on April 8, 2018.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud meets with former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush in Houston on April 8, 2018.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talk in front of a Habitat for Humanity home on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talk in front of a Habitat for Humanity home on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston.

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Halliburton’s employees work at a three wellhead fracking site in Midland.

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Halliburton’s employees work at a three wellhead fracking site in Midland.

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A worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. less

A worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A worker adjusts pipes during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. less

A worker adjusts pipes during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. less

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, keeps watch over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few weeks for the half dozen wells on a typical pad to be fracked, after which the petroleum products are extracted for years by operators like Encana. less

Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, keeps watch over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few weeks for the half dozen wells on … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker wears a protective helmet decorated with stickers during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well, near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. less

A worker wears a protective helmet decorated with stickers during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well, near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

Workers talk during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can greatly increase the productivity of an oil or gas well by splitting open rock with water and/or sand pumped underground at high pressure. less

Workers talk during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can greatly increase the productivity of an oil or gas well by splitting … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A machine mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”is the practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals into source rock to crack it and create escape routes for oil and gas. less

A machine mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”is the practice of … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A worker climbs down a from a machine that mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”is the practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals into source rock to crack it and create escape routes for oil and gas. less

A worker climbs down a from a machine that mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker climbs down a from a machine that mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”is the practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals into source rock to crack it and create escape routes for oil and gas. less

A worker climbs down a from a machine that mixes sand and water, left, before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A technician inside a trailer monitors and directs the pressure and mix of water, sand and chemicals pumped during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few weeks for the half-dozen wells on a typical pad to be fracked, after which the petroleum products are extracted for years by operators like Encana. less

A technician inside a trailer monitors and directs the pressure and mix of water, sand and chemicals pumped during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

Technicians inside a trailer direct the pressure and mix of water and chemicals pumped into an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. well during hydraulic fracturing, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” raises concern among some that the chemicals used and hydrocarbons released can contaminate groundwater. Industry officials say an absence of documented, widespread problems with fracking proves the process is safe. less

Technicians inside a trailer direct the pressure and mix of water and chemicals pumped into an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. well during hydraulic fracturing, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic … more

Photo: AP

Perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, are lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic benefits from vast amounts of formerly inaccessible hydrocarbons that now can be extracted with hydraulic fracturing. Opponents point to potential environmental impacts, with some critics acknowledging that some fracking operations are far cleaner than others. less

Perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, are lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Proponents of … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, walks past the well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few weeks for the half dozen wells on a typical pad to be fracked, after which the petroleum products are extracted for years by operators like Encana. less

Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, walks past the well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. It takes a few weeks for the … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. less

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well pad, near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. less

A worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well pad, near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker walks among huge pumps and other equipment at the site of a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. less

A worker walks among huge pumps and other equipment at the site of a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

A worker checks a dipstick to check water levels and temperatures in a series of tanks at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas drilling site outside Rifle, Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can greatly increase the productivity of an oil or gas well by splitting open rock with water, fine sand and lubricants pumped underground at high pressure. Companies typically need several million gallons of water to frack a single well. In western Colorado, Encana says it recycles over 95 percent of the water it uses for fracking to save money and limit use of local water supplies. less

A worker checks a dipstick to check water levels and temperatures in a series of tanks at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas drilling site outside Rifle, Colorado. Hydraulic … more

Photo: AP

A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The technique of hydraulic fracturing is used to increase or restore the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be recovered from subterranean natural reservoirs. less

A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) … more

Photo: AP

A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” occurs after oil and gas wells are drilled and frequently in between drilling phases. The process uses millions of gallons of water mixed with smaller amounts of fine sand and chemicals to split open oil- and gas-bearing rock often located more than a mile underground. Fracking typically occurs in conjunction with other modern drilling techniques, such as directional drilling. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) less

A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or … more

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A worker uses hand signals to communicate with a co-worker over the sound of massive pumps at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Millions of gallons of water are pumped down well holes to split open oil- and gas-bearing formations in the hydraulic fracturing process. Much of the water used at this site was being recycled to save money and avoid wasting precious local water supplies. less

A worker uses hand signals to communicate with a co-worker over the sound of massive pumps at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. … more

Photo: AP

A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic benefits from vast amounts of formerly inaccessible hydrocarbons the process can extract. Opponents point to potential environmental impacts, with some critics acknowledging that some fracking operations are far cleaner than others. less

A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. … more

Photo: AP

A rig drills for natural gas which will eventually be released using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on leased private property outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Once drilling is completed, wells are fractured to allow the flow of gas from deposits typically more than a mile underground. less

A rig drills for natural gas which will eventually be released using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on leased private property outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Once drilling is completed, wells are … more

Photo: AP

Workers adjust piping during a short pause in water pumping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. drilling site outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. less

Workers adjust piping during a short pause in water pumping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. drilling site outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first … more

Photo: AP

Workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first experimental hydraulic fracturing occurred in 1947. More than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. less

Workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first experimental hydraulic fracturing occurred in 1947. … more

Photo: AP

Workers stand atop water tanks while they help keep an eye on water pressure and temperature at a hydraulic fracturing operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947 followed by the first commercially successful applications in 1949. More than 1 million U.S. oil and gas wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. less

Workers stand atop water tanks while they help keep an eye on water pressure and temperature at a hydraulic fracturing operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The first … more

Photo: AP

A worker switches well heads during a short pause in the water pumping phase, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic benefits from vast amounts of formerly inaccessible hydrocarbons the process can extract. Opponents point to potential environmental impacts, with some critics acknowledging that some fracking operations are far cleaner than others. less

A worker switches well heads during a short pause in the water pumping phase, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in … more

Photo: AP

A hydraulic fracturing operation is underway at a site outside Rifle, in western Colorado. In the background, a battery of yellow tanks hold water for the job at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well. Pump trucks are parked in front of the tanks. Workers control the flow of water, sand and chemicals into the well heads, left, from an operations trailer, center far right. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” raises concern among some that the chemicals used and hydrocarbons released can contaminate groundwater. Industry officials say an absence of documented, widespread problems with fracking proves the process is safe. less

A hydraulic fracturing operation is underway at a site outside Rifle, in western Colorado. In the background, a battery of yellow tanks hold water for the job at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well. Pump … more

Photo: AP

A worker uses a dipstick to check water levels and temperatures in a series of tanks for a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas drilling site outside Rifle, Colo. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can greatly increase the productivity of an oil or gas well by splitting open rock with water pumped underground at high pressure. The process typically requires several million gallons of water per well. In western Colorado, Encana says it goes to great lenghts to recycle over 95 percent of the water it uses for fracking to save money and limit use of local water supplies. less

A worker uses a dipstick to check water levels and temperatures in a series of tanks for a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas drilling site outside Rifle, Colo. Hydraulic … more

Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP

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