A substance and method for treating a subterranean formation using hydraulic fracturing is provided. The method includes treating a formation with a non-metallic deformable proppant that may be substantially deformable, “elastically flexible”, or “plastically compressible.” The method may include the steps of injecting a carrier fluid into the formation 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 by way of the carrier fluid so that the deformable proppant forms substantially a partial monolayer in the fracture, and reducing the pressure and/or the flow rate sufficiently 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.

Method of Treating a Formation Using Deformable Proppants
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Publication Number
Application Date
October 28, 2011
Publication Date
April 19, 2012
Garnet Ross Olson
Adolph Joseph John Peskunowicz
Robert Gordon Fulton
C08F 110/06
C08F 110/02
C08F 212/36
C08G 63/183
E21B 43/267
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