What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
Hydraulic fracturing is the process of releasing natural gas and oil from rock deposits deep underground by fracturing shale formations. The technique is minimally invasive and involves drilling a small hole (typically about 15” in diameter) which is lined with multiple layers of steel encased in cement to completely seal off the process from any fresh water supplies and allow for the safe extraction of natural gas... Continue Reading
The New Albany shale gas formation, which covers a substantial portion of the southern part of Illinois, has potential to be a significant creator of jobs for Illinois. A minimum of 1,000 jobs would be created or supported each year with the potential of 47,000 jobs annually, which would translates into over $9.5 billion of economic impact for the state... Continue Reading
MYTH: Hydraulic fracturing contaminates groundwater. FACT: The US EPA and state regulators have not confirmed any cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater. In April 2012, current EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “In no case have we made a definitive determination that [hydraulic fracturing] has caused chemicals to enter groundwater... Continue Reading
Advances in drilling technologies have completely revolutionized the outlook for natural gas in the United States, unlocking the countless opportunities made possible in thanks to abundant shale gas located about a mile below the earth's surface. Reserves and projected supplies are at historic highs, the U.S. has surpassed Russia as the world’s largest producer of natural gas and every expert you talk to predicts that we have enough natural gas in this country to meet our needs for generations to come... Continue Reading