Fracking was born in 1947 in Southwest Kansas, but she quickly traveled to oil and natural gas fields in Oklahoma, Texas, and other energy producing states. By the early 2000s, her work had impacted more than one million wells, and she had begun to lead an energy revolution in America. With the help of other important technologies, like horizontal drilling and advanced 3-D seismic, Fracking reversed declines in domestic energy production that experts believed were inescapable.

In 2008, as the United States entered the Great Recession, Fracking expanded, giving Americans hope with new jobs, lower energy costs, and less reliance on foreign imports.

She helped fund schools and public services like police and firefighters, even as cities all across the country struggled with budget shortfalls. Carbon emissions fell to a 25 year low, as clean and abundant natural gas fueled more of the nation’s power plants. Manufacturers announced more than $100 billion worth of new projects in the United States to take advantage of America’s cheap energy renaissance, bringing jobs back from overseas.

After more than three decades of control by OPEC, Fracking put America in the driver’s seat in the global energy market. Thanks to her work, oil imports fell to their lowest level in two decades, and experts predict America could soon become a net energy exporter.

From humble beginnings in Kansas to a global force, Fracking has transformed America into an energy powerhouse.