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Hydraulic Fracturing

Unlocking America’s Natural Gas Resources

The link between hydraulic fracturing and U.S. global leadership in oil and natural gas production is direct: Without fracking, there’d be no American energy renaissance – or the array of benefits it is providing to our economy, to individual households, U.S. manufacturers and other businesses. Modern hydraulic fracturing – fracking has been used commercially for nearly 70 years – is the technological engine behind surging U.S. oil and natural gas output. According to the U.S. Energy Department, up to 95 percent of new wells drilled today are hydraulically fractured, accounting for two-thirds of total U.S. marketed natural gas production and about half of U.S. crude oil production.

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Hydraulic Fracturing | Charts


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Estimated Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbon Production in Selected Countries

60

30

quadrillion btu

million barrels per day

of oil equivalent

United States

Russia

50

25

Saudi Arabia

40

20

30

15

20

10

5

10

0

0

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


Percent Increase in Manufacturing Sector Employment from Higher Natural Gas Supply (Average 2013-2015)

Primary Metal

Wood Products

Paper

Textile Mills

Furniture & Related Product

Plastic & Rubber Prod.

Fabricated Metal Product

Chemicals

Nonmetallic Mineral Product

Machinery

Misc.

Elect. Eqpt., Appliance, & Comp.

Computer & Electronic Product

Beverages & Tobacco

Food

Petroleum & Coal Products

Transportation Eqpt.

Leather & Allied Product

0%

1%

2%

3%

4%

5%

6%

7%



Hydraulic Fracturing | Graphics

Oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing charts

Shale And Tight Oil Production, Dry Shale Gas Production


Shale plays

Unlocking shale gas now guarantees the U.S. more than a 100-year supply of clean-burning natural gas


hydraulic fracturing drilling: no confirmed groundwater contamination over past 60 years

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 mixture

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid - The fracturing mixture consists primarily of fresh water mixed with some sand and a small proportion of common chemicals.


Standards Cited in State Regulations

240 Standards, Cited 4,130x - in state regulations.


hydraulic fracturing federal regulations

Federal Statutes Regulate Every Step of the Hydraulic Fracturing Process


Existing regulations covering well design requirements

Existing Regulations Covering Well Design Requirements


hydraulic fracturing well construction

Hydraulic Fracturing Well Construction - Proper well construction provides groundwater protection.


hydraulic fracturing PA water usage

Pennsylvania Annual Water Usage Example


hydraulic fracturing water treatment technologies

Water Treatment Technologies


hydraulic fracturing innovations promote safe and environmentally friendly practices

Innovations Promote Safe and Environmentally Friendly Practices