Fracking

Natural Gas Extraction – Hydraulic Fracturing

Natural gas plays a key role in our nation’s clean energy future and the process known as hydraulic fracturing (HF) is one way of accessing that vital resource. HF is used by gas producers to stimulate wells and recover natural gas from sources such as coalbeds and shale gas formations. HF is also used for other applications including oil recovery. Over the past few years, several key technical, economic, and energy policy developments have spurred increased use of HF for gas extraction over a wider diversity of geographic regions and geologic formations.

Annual Energy Outlook 2012 – With Projections to 2035

(June 2012; U.S. Energy Information Agency, U.S. Department of Energy)

Shale gas production increases in the Reference case from 5.0 trillion cubic feet per year in 2010 (23 percent of total U.S. dry gas production) to 13.6 trillion cubic feet per year in 2035 (49 percent of total U.S. dry gas production). As with tight oil, when looking forward to 2035, there are unresolved uncertainties surrounding the technological advances that have made shale gas production a reality. The potential impact of those uncertainties results in a range of outcomes for U.S. shale gas production from 9.7 to 20.5 trillion cubic feet per year when looking forward to 2035.

Water utility expert expresses concerns about the risks of hydraulic fracturing

Cracks in the Façade 25 Years Ago, EPA Linked “Fracking” to Water Contamination Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel, Environmental Working Group August 2011

Newly Discovered EPA Report Links Fracking with Contaminated Well Water The natural gas industry says time and again, that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has never caused drinking water contamination. But a long lost report conducted 25 years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency traced fracking to pollution found in a Jackson County, West Virginia water well. The Environmental Working Group unearthed the report as part of their own investigation.

Videos of the Result of Fracking

    • Fox News Fracking Fumble on Halliburton Loophole? The natural gas industry says time and again, that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has never caused drinking water contamination. But a long lost report conducted 25 years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency traced fracking to pollution found in a Jackson County, West Virginia water well. The Environmental Working Group unearthed the report as part of their own investigation.

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