Death of George Mitchell

May 21, 1919 - July 26, 2013
Galveston, Texas | Age 94

Texas oilman, fracking pioneer dies at 94
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JONATHAN FAHEY, The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — George P. Mitchell leveraged a penchant for hard work, an appetite for risk and dogged persistence in the face of futility into a technological breakthrough that reshaped the global energy industry and made the wildcat oilman a billionaire.

Mitchell, the developer and philanthropist who also is considered the father of fracking, doggedly pursued natural gas he and others knew were trapped in wide, thin layers of rock deep...

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