The following is a condensed version of a post by Nick Grealy originally published at MyGridGB. Nick tells us why modern life is impossible without fracking.
Due to common failures of the gas industry and journalists who too often seek slogans instead of solutions there is still a widely held view, based more on feelings than figures, that natural gas is neither necessary or desirable. Easy slogans proposing simplistic solutions to complex engineering problems have invaded the debate.
The argument against gas has three strands. It often depends on glib use of the F word as simplistic value signalling. The obsession with the process instead of the product is irrelevant. Yesterday’s breakthrough, becomes today’s mainstream and in shale that date was 2014 when the “unconventional” method of hydraulic fracturing became the new normal when it provided over 50% of US gas production.
In 2017, 90% of all new US gas wells are horizontal, the other part of the shale revolution. Indeed a recent University of Texas study was unable to find evidence of ‘conventional’ gas drilling at all. Thus, in the US at least, natural gas today is produced as a matter of course by “fracking.” It’s as unconventional as making a phone call with a mobile phone to some people was in June 2007 when the iPhone was launched.