The new age of energy
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is becoming one of the largest reasons for Americas energy revolution. Fracking has been in commercial use for over 65 years and now it has changed the U.S. energy situation into something our future generations can be proud of. But what does fracking mean?
It is the future of energy and actually pretty interesting. Through fracking the U.S. is able to tap a vast reserve of oil and natural gases that previously were locked deep inside of the earth’s surface. The majority of natural gas wells will be drilled using fracking in the next decade.
Fracking is also being used to stimulate new production from older wells bringing back life to places the country thought to be dried up in resources.
Hydraulic fracturing involves tapping shale and other tight-rock formations by drilling about a mile or more below the surface and then switching the path horizontally for the last several thousand feet. This makes it possible to accommodate a number of wells under one single surface. Making the impact on the areas surrounding the frack site a lot safer and less likely to have any unwanted incidents.
This approach is an environmentally safe and efficient way to acquire oil and natural gas without needing as much work from a diesel-powered source along with reductions in air emissions. One of the top negative effects of off shore drilling.
Thanks to the new and every growing push behind hydraulic fracking the U.S. is on its way to becoming the world’s leader in oil production. Being the number one in natural gas already this is just more good news for Americans looking to find a steady foundation for work. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) gas production in the U.S. from 2012 to the year 2040 will increase by 56 percent. Natural gas of course being the lead contributor in this growth already.
Production of resources like that can only mean better things for this country and lessen the need for foreign oil trade. Bringing jobs back over here along the way. As the shale gas share total increases from 40 percent to the estimated 53 percent in 2040 it looks like America is on the path of growth to a self-sustained natural resource. The more we learn about it the better it seems to be. Fracking is the future of natural energy for not only America but the future job platform for Americans as well.