Drilling for Oil to Fuel the U.S. Economy
America is run by oil. It is our lifeblood and it keeps the country in motion. It is essential to protect the country’s natural resources; but there is no way the demand for oil can be staunched. In addition, it is far better for the economy when the United States produces its own oil supply, limiting the nation’s dependency on other countries. This is where hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and horizontal drilling come into play. Both of these drilling techniques enable oil and gas companies to collect large amounts of oil without having to drill to such extreme depths. These newer techniques not only save time and money but they also allow for easier oil collection.
Hydraulic fracturing is a method in which rock is cracked by using highly pressurized liquid http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/h/hydraulic_fracturing.htm. The liquid used is generally made of chemicals and sand that is suspended in water. This fluid is pushed into the ground to create cracks to allow the petroleum, gas, etc. flow more freely. Hydraulic fracturing also assists in well stimulation to help the production flow at a higher rate for a longer period of time before declining. This method can also help in the recovery of gas or oil from unconventional areas such as coal or shale beds. With the use of this method gas and oil rigs which would no longer be in production are able to continue to gross product and assist in meeting America’s never ending demand.
Horizontal drilling is a form of directional drilling; it is literally drilling sideways. This method allows for companies to drill under lakes, towns, or other areas without interrupting or disturbing them, while still reaching the product in question. It is a relatively reliable and safe method that has been successfully used time and time again.
Fracking and horizontal drilling are both technologically advanced methods which can be and have been used to great success. Companies like Cunningham Energy http://www.oilandgasawards.com/judge/cunningham-energy-ryan-e-m-cunningham-principal-and-operating-partner/, whose ethics, resources and understanding of these methods have created a new ‘boom’ in the oil and gas market, will continue to support America’s growing demand for its’ natural resources.
Fueling the Economy
Both of these methods are essential in providing the oil and gas the United States economy needs to sustain itself. They are able to turn reservoirs that were thought to be almost gone into booming areas again. Not only are they allowing the continuation of the production of these essential products they are also supplying jobs which provide excellent pay and benefits to its’ employees.