Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is producing more oil and natural gas than it has in decades. This is creating jobs around the country, growing our economy, and reducing our need for imported energy. And yet, the fracking process is under attack like never before.
As Energy Citizens know, many of these attacks are based on falsehoods. In a recent op-ed, petroleum geologist Gerry Calhoun sets the record straight about fracking.
For instance, anti-fracking activists like to claim that it uses a lot of water. Not so, points out Calhoun:
“Typically, the procedure requires a million gallons of fresh water. The amount sounds huge until you compare it with irrigation and municipal needs. In Colorado, hydro-fracking uses only 0.01 percent of the state’s water needs. Golf courses use 10 times as much. Irrigation uses 62 percent of the total, with power plants next at the trough. Irrigation uses more water in two days than HF uses in two years. Thus disappears the latest, but assuredly not the last, complaint of the anti-fossil-energy clique.”
What about those chemicals in fracking fluid?
“In the face of suspicion about dangerous contents in the frack formula, you might be surprised to learn that 90 percent of the “chemicals” used in fracking is gelatin, the stuff in Jell-O. Its purpose is to increase the water’s viscosity that holds the sand in suspension until it reaches the targeted shale. Other ingredients resemble those in laundry detergent.”
This is the type of straightforward, factual information we need if our nation’s energy renaissance is going to continue. If the attacks on fracking succeed, then our oil and natural gas production will plummet. Articles like Mr. Calhoun’s are vital to helping the public realize that fracking is a safe process that’s been used for decades.