Hydraulic Fracturing Key to Job Growth Across the Nation

For 60 years, energy-producing states have used hydraulic fracturing – a tightly regulated energy stimulation technology – to access and increase domestic oil and natural gas production. Without this technology, much of America’s job-creating energy resources would simply be unreachable. And today, thanks to advancements in horizontal drilling techniques coupled with fracture stimulation, enormous amounts of homegrown energy are being leveraged in stable supplies of America-made energy and tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.

North Dakota’s Bakken Shaleformation is a shining example of how fracturing is positively impacting not only the state, but the nation’s energy security altogether. As national unemployment rates continue to hover near double digits, and with millions still without steady work, North Dakota’s economy, and its workforce, have never been stronger — thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing.

This from Reuters today:

North Dakota and Alaska have added the most jobs, while Nevada, California and Florida have lost the most, in the last five years, according to research released on Monday. … In first place, North Dakota added 21,300 jobs, and Alaska followed by adding 10,100 jobs from 2005 to 2010, it said. North Dakota saw an increase of 3,200 jobs in the last year alone, it said.

Some in Washington, unfortunately, continue to work to increase layers of unnecessary bureaucratic red tape aimed to stripping energy-producing states of their ability to effectively regulate fracturing. You see, fracturing has always been – and continues to be – ably and closely regulated by individual states, who are best equipped to oversee this critical process. Recognizing the devastating economic and national security threats posed by such actions, some members of Congress – including North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy – continue to fight back.

Shutting Down the Bakken?” is how North Dakota’s KFYR-TV describes these efforts in Washington. This from the new report:

It may not look like much, but hydraulic fracturing is what makes drilling in North Dakota possible. The process, also known as hydro fracking or just fracking, breaks up rocks two miles below the ground, allowing rigs to bring the oil to the surface. “Without fracking, we can`t get the Bakken oil out, period,” says Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota. That’s what has Pomeroy and oil workers in our state so concerned about proposals in Congress to add new regulations for hydraulic fracturing. Pomeroy says cutting down on fracking on land is no way to address concerns raised by the Gulf oil spill. He believes ending what frack crews do would be devastating for North Dakota.

And from Oklahoma to Upstate New York, major newspapers and energy industry experts are also speaking about attempts in Washington to discredit fracturing’s long and clear record of environmental safety and effectiveness.

In a recent editorial, under the headline “Rep. Henry Waxman seems obsessed by fracturing concerns,” The Oklahoman writes this:

Hydraulic fracturing’s effect on water supplies has been examined for years and likely will be until the last syllable of this administration’s executive orders is written. Tomorrow and tomorrow can’t come soon enough for energy executives. No adverse impact from fracturing has been proven. Shaking up rock through fracturing is essential for releasing natural gas from shale formations; natural gas is essential for transitioning power generation away from coal. Gas is also key (along with offshore oil drilling) in reducing dependence on foreign supplies.

And IOGA-NY’s Michelle Blackley took to the pages of the Syracuse Post-Standard to highlight the important role that fracturing plays in job creation and energy security. Under the headline “Hydrofracking has safe record and spurs economy,” Ms. Blackley writes this:

Hydrofracking is an environmentally responsible way to stimulate the flow of energy from new and existing oil and gas wells. It is well-regulated and has been employed over 1 million times without a single incident of drinking water contamination. Hydrofracking’s record of safety and impressive ability to help make the most of our domestic energy resources designate it as one of the most important tools in our nation’s effort to achieve greater energy independence.

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