For decades now we have used many of earth’s natural resources. While we have an abundant supply of these most of them are nonrenewable. That means the more we use them the more we deplete them. We are so dependent on so many of these resources and use them for so many things in our daily lives that we forget how fast we are using them up. This is why we must find ways to conserve and reserve these precious materials so that we have them when we truly need them.
One resource we have we use a lot of is natural gas, which we use for many different things as an energy source. It is a vital component of the World’s supply of energy. It is primarily composed of a combustible mixture of hydrocarbon gases. When burned it gives off a lot of energy and few emissions. Also it is a clean burning gas that doesn’t emit a lot of potentially harmful byproducts in the air. Because of this clean burning it does not cause a lot of pollution making it a lot safer to use as a source of energy. This being the main reason we use it a lot. (NaturalGas.org , 2004 - 2011)
To get natural gas out of the earth we must drill and mine for it. There are many different things that affect where it will be mined and dilled. The site that will be mined is based on factors such as economic impact, location, depth and size of targeted site, etc. Also in order to be allowed to drill at a site to get natural gas you must have legal arrangements. This prevents people from drilling natural gas at sites that will harm others and natural habitats without proper cause. There are different techniques to mining natural gas but almost all natural gas is mined through a technique called hydraulic fracturing (fracking). (NaturalGas.org , 2004 - 2011) NRDC does not allow expanded fracking until safeguards that are effective are in use. (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2013)
Natural gas is not very expensive. Its price has fluctuated over the years, increasing and decreasing. In 2007 to 2008, in Kansas, natural gas rose by $1.72. in 2008 to 2009, in Kansas, natural gas prices decreased by $4.30. In 2009 to 2010, in Kansas, natural gas prices rose by $0.81. Also from 2007 to 2012 natural gas prices decreased a total of $3.59. This shows that it has decreased in price and remained fairly cheap and affordable. (U.S. Department of Energy, 2013)
Natural gas has many different uses. This is the main reason why we depend on it so much. Examples of the uses of natural gas include it being used to heat water. Also in the early days it was used to light street lamps or the occasional home. 32% of natural gas is used for industrial. ( NaturalGas.org, 2004 - 2011 )
All of the natural gas that we use today came from plants and animals living in the ocean millions of years. Over this long period of time a lot of sediment and other plants and bacteria were made. The high amounts of pressure and heat determine if the material became oil or natural gas. The higher temperatures produce natural gas. The...