Method for making particulate slurries and particulate slurry compositions

  • US 9,714,371 B2
  • Filed: 04/13/2010
  • Issued: 07/25/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/02/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An aqueous hydraulic fracturing slurry composition for use in hydraulic fracturing operations comprising:

  • (a) water;

    (b) inorganic particulates ranging in size from about 10 to about 100 US mesh; and

    (c) a chemical compound for rendering the surface of the particulates extremely hydrophobic,wherein the chemical compound is selected from the group consisting of polysiloxanes modified with one or more organic cationic groups, polysiloxanes modified with one or more organic amphoteric groups, quaternary silanes, and combinations thereof,and further wherein the aqueous hydraulic fracturing slurry composition is free of a viscosifier such that the aqueous hydraulic fracturing slurry composition suspends the particulates under static and dynamic conditions.

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