Unlocking America’s Natural Gas Resources
Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are safely unlocking vast U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas found in shale and other tight-rock formations. Developing energy from shale is an advanced process that uses the latest drilling technologies and equipment. As for what fracking means to the United States – the answers, are security, economic growth and jobs, jobs, jobs.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) details how surging domestic oil production is narrowing net petroleum imports – from 60 percent of what the United States used in 2005 to 45 percent in 2011. This change is driven by production from unconventional reserves using fracking and horizontal drilling.
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Hydraulic Fracturing - Jobs and the economy
Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling - There have been no confirmed cases of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing itself in 1 million wells fracked over the past 60 years.
Hydraulic Fracturing Stimulation - The fracturing mixture consists primarily of fresh water mixed with some sand and a small proportion of common chemicals.
Hydraulic Fracturing Well Construction - Proper well construction provides groundwater protection.
Methane Leakage - Thanks to increased use of natural gas, U. S. energy related emissions of CO2 are at their lowest point in two decades.