The pros of fracking for the natural gas and oil industries have an effect that carries onward to the American consumer. The most notably is in the form of lower prices at the gas pump and for heating the American homes.
While hydrofracking is a process used on energy wells since the first ones were drilled nearly 100 years ago. The process is necessary for the recovery of the energy reserves of the shale rock based wells to a higher degree than the other types of wells that have been used. This is due to the makeup of where the oil and natural gas is under the ground.
For decades the fracking of wells was done to extract more oil and natural gas out of a well once the easily obtainable portion of the oil has decreased in its flow to the surface. These were vertical wells that were placed on top of large reserves that could easily be recovered. The fracking process would loosen up the edges of what remained so it could be extracted. This was done to save on the cost of drilling more wells.
The drilling of a new well has always been a risky proposition. Not every well that has been drilled was on top of an oil or natural gas deposit. For this reason once a deposit was found, the maximum amount of the trapped energy reservoir was extracted. Fracking thus saved time and money in assisting the energy company at obtaining the greatest amount of oil and natural gas from each well that was producing.
When these easily extractable reserves of oil and natural gas were not enough to meet the needs of the US and world demands, the exploration into shale rock oil recovery was initiated. By changing the way the wells were drilled from vertical to vertical then horizontal thousands of feet under the surface, a greater area of the shale rack could then be affected by the hydrofracking process.
The hydrofracking of the shale rock basin would then crush this porous rock and release the trapped oil and natural gas it contained. This can then be easily recovered at the surface to help meet the needs of the American consumer.
The alternative to fracking existing and new wells in America is vastly more expensive and controversial. The only other known areas of energy reserves left on the plant are under the waters of the oceans. If these were the only options left, there would not only be a shortage of energy for the American consumer, but also higher prices for what they could use.
The pros of fracking heavily outweigh the alternative of less energy to use with higher prices to use it. This would not be good for the pocket books of the average America nor the economy as a whole.
- Marcellus Shale Fracking for Natural Gas (transloading.org)
- Hydrofracking Advantages (transloading.org)
- Marcellus Shale Fracking (transloading.org)
Commercial from Exxon’s 2011 Corporate ad program. Exxon Geologist Erik Oswald touts the benefits of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) without ever calling it that… See my blog post (agmaynard.blogspot.com) to learn why most of what Oswald says h…