Hydraulic fracturing, a technology that has been around for decades, has allowed the oil and gas industry to explore and produce the United States’ shale resources. To date, 26 U.S. states have active shale developments or potential shale developments; this development has reversed previous declines in U.S. oil and gas production, positioning the United States as a potential exporter of liquefied natural gas and as a significant oil producer, said David Holt, president of the Houston-based Consumer Energy Alliance
However, the rise in shale activity has been accompanied by a proliferation of groups giving a one-sided view of hydraulic fracturing as an “untested technology”. While development of U.S. shale resources should move forward, the oil and gas industry needs to ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done safely and in an environmentally responsible manner, said Holt.
CEA, a nationwide association that represents interests ranging from academia and organized labor to energy producers, environmental conservation, agricultural and manufacturing, is redoubling efforts to educate Americans across the United States on how environmentally responsible oil and gas development can benefit local communities in terms of job creation and economic growth.
“If we can play a role in getting that story out to local officials, groups, and the public and get a balanced discussion, we’re doing a service,” Holt said.
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