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Papers Coast-to-Coast Take Notice: Thousands of Jobs, Energy Dependence at Risk If Effectively Regulated, Environmentally Safe Production Technique Halted

Following last week’s historic report determining that the U.S. now has more than 100 years worth of proven natural gas reserves, up more than 58 percent than was previously thought, news organizations nationwide are paying close attention to:

1) the massive amounts of good-paying jobs clean-burning natural gas production will create here at home;

2) the fact that the more American energy we produce, the less dependent we are on foreign and unstable nations to keep our economy moving; and

3) the process to produce natural gas trapped thousands of feet below the water table in dense rock formations – called hydraulic fracturing – is not only heavily regulated, but it has a long, clear, proven safety record.

Here’s just a sample of the recent reports:

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Editorial

America’s supply of natural gas is considerably greater than commonly thought, thanks to advances in recovery technology that now allow for drilling in shale rock.”

But fossil fuels will continue to make up a major part of the equation for years, if not decades. Start drilling — now.”

Uniontown (PA) Herald Standard

“The Marcellus Shale natural gas formation is expected to create 100,000 jobs over the next decade.”

“The Marcellus Shale could make Pennsylvania “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas.”

“The shale must be fractured for the gas to be extracted. … D’Amico said to “frac” the shale, a combination of 90 percent water, 9.95 percent sand and .05 percent chemicals is used. Thus the drilling process will not contaminate water.”

“The drilling process includes three layers of pipe. He said wells one mile deep in the ground are well isolated from surface water, adding that everything that is done is regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection.”

Bloomberg/LA Times

“U.S. natural gas reserves are likely 39 percent higher than estimated just two years ago as new technology is revealing deeper potential resources of energy. The U.S. has an estimated 1,836 trillion cubic feet of potential natural gas, the most on record, according to a report today by the Potential Gas Committee, a group of industry, government and academic volunteers. The estimate is up from 1,321 trillion cubic feet two years ago. The amount of proven and potential gas would meet U.S. demand for almost 100 years.”

“The DeGette/Casey bill would require permits from the Environmental Protection Agency.”

“Michael Decker, executive vice president for Gasco Energy Inc. said fracturing projects his company is working on drill to depths of 13,000 feet or more and that drinking water sources are generally at about 300 feet. He also said that the drilling wells are incased in concrete and that the substances used to extract gas are now less hazardous.”

Oklahoma Journal Record

The dynamic rise of shale natural gas plays over the last decade, capped by the huge Marcellus Shale find from West Virginia to New York, has raised a backlash from environmentalists and East Coast metropolitan leaders concerned over hydrofracing.”

“A proven method of increasing oil and gas production, energy supporters point to five decades of injecting pressurized water, sand and chemicals into wells, all without evidence of groundwater contamination.”

“I don’t understand it,” he said of proposals that the EPA employ its own well-inspection crews.”

“Such a law could stop most or all drilling while the agency created, prepared and deployed its staff – which could take months. “I think it is counter-productive to everything that the Obama administration wants to do.”

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