Marclus Shale Essay

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The United States of America leads the world in the production of natural gas. President Obama stated that the economic future for America will be fueled in large part by vast amounts of natural gas in his 2012 State of the Union Address. What the President failed to mention is how the process of hydraulic fracturing is effecting not only our environment but the lives of everyday Americans. Currently the Marcellus play is the largest operational shale play operating in the United States. This shale formation is proving to be full of wealth in resources enriched with petroleum and natural gas. Although experts have calculated the Marcellus shale to be enormous and have the ability to sustain America’s demands for the next one hundred plus years, …show more content…
In the book Under The Surface: fracking, fortunes, and the fate of the Marcellus Shale written by Tom Wilber, Terry Engelder, a shale expert from Penn State, “estimated the Marcellus Shale to be around 168 trillion cubic feet to 516 trillion cubic feet. 30 trillion cubic feet is classified as a “supergiant”, which is the largest classification” (93). Later, Engelder settles his calculation of recoverable gas to “489 trillion cubic feet” (93), enough to meet America’s natural gas demands for over a hundred years and predicted to be worth over a trillion dollars in renewable energy. Essentially, findings of the Marcellus are looked at as a gift or a fix for federal and state deficits, unfavorable imbalance in international trade, high unemployment rates, global wars driven by perceived threats to supplies of foreign oil, and climate …show more content…
To be honest these companies aren’t saying much at all and only seek through their lobbyists and big corporate dollars to keep everything hush, hush. We see in the film “gasland” that big wealthy natural gas companies are not even acknowledging the problem. In fact, they are saying that it is impossible that this phenomenon is stemming from fracking. The water wells are at a much shallower depth than where they are retrieving the natural gas from. For me, I think common sense says that if they are retrieving gas and making it come up to the head of the well then it’s obvious these water wells at a much shallower depth can and are being

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