Former Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation chairman George P. Mitchell  Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Texas Oilman and Father of Fracking Dies At 94

HOUSTON — 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.

Fracking Inventor

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 underground. Fracking brought an entirely new – and enormous – trove of oil and gas within reach.

Mitchell died Friday [July 26, 2013] at age 94 his home in Galveston, his family said.

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