A substance and method for treating a subterranean formation using hydraulic fracturing. A non-metallic, substantially deformable, proppant particle is "elastically flexible" or "plastically compressible" and adapted for use at concentrations which will substantially create a partial monolayer. The method for treating a formation with a non-metallic deformable proppant, includes the steps of injecting a carrier fluid into the formation, the carrier fluid carrying an amount of the deformable proppant, wherein the carrier fluid is injected at a pressure and a flow rate sufficient to create or open an existing fracture or fracture network in the formation, and placing at least a portion of the deformable proppant in the fracture, the deformable proppant forming substantially a partial monolayer in the fracture, and reducing the pressure and/or the flow rate sufficient to allow the fracture in the formation to at least partially close, wherein at least a portion of the deformable proppant remains in the fracture to prop open at least a portion of the fracture.

Methode de traitement dune formation par agents de soutenement deformables
Method of treating a formation using deformable proppants
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Application Date
February 17, 2006
Publication Date
January 22, 2008
Fulton Robert Gordon
Olson Garnet Ross
Peskunowicz Adolph Joseph John
Canyon Technical Services
Jade Oilfield Service
E21B 43/267
C09K 08/92
C09K 08/80
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