Imagine a country that could depend solely on itself for energy, a place where energy wasn’t a concern. A country that unveiled an untouched, vast amount of energy that may be harnessed and used to create a legacy. The way this opportunity has presented itself, was through the courageous acts of many gas companies using a process called fracking. Through the use of hydraulic fracking, companies have created millions of jobs for people all across America. The problem is extremists and environmentalists want to bring this process to a halt, due to chemicals causing “harm” to the environment. Natural gas companies should be allowed to frack and gain access to the untapped colossal energy source available to us. Although there is possible negative effects of fracking, the positives outweigh any possible negatives tremendously.
Fracking has played a major role in the drilling industry for gas and oil in the U.S. since 1947, when George P. Mitchell the “father of fracking”, completed the very first trials of fracking. George Mitchell started the expansion of an untouched resource that would benefit this world in more ways than one. Hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing is a technique, in which water is typically mixed with sand and chemicals and the
mixture is injected at a high pressure into a gas pocket to create small fractures. In which fluids such as gas, petroleum, a uranium-bearing solution and brine water may migrate from one pocket to another and then into the well. Hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, then small grains of sand hold these fractures open once the rock achieves equilibrium. The gas then has openings to flow freely into the well, it is then slowly extracted out of the well by master valves and ran through massive piping into a gas bell, which is a large storage tank.
Fracking is a heated topic, that many find exciting to argue about, even though they may not have any form of knowledge about the topic. Some statistics have been shown to better grasp the concrete numbers surrounding fracking. Mike Lawrence of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management claims that:
“In 2012 the U.S saw the largest expansion in domestic oil and gas production since it began drilling over 150 years ago. Improved technology that can unleash oil and gas from shale rock formations helped domestic oil output grow last year by a record 853,000 barrels a day, to the highest level in 17 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”
In 2011, the U.S produced 8,500,983 million cubic feet of natural gas from shale gas wells. Taking an average price of $4.24 per thousand cubic feet, that's a value of about $36 billion, due to shale gas alone (Hassett). This may be the answer to the payment of the U.S’s national debt.
The positives of fracking absolutely demolish any negatives against it. One of the benefits of hydraulic fracking, which in turn produce mass amounts of natural gas, is that natural...