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Fracking turned out to be one of the keys to unlock our nation's natural gas riches. We went from being on the verge of running out of gas to securing more than a 100-year supply. Companies such as Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK  ) , one of the country's top producers of natural gas, have gotten a bad rap for using fracking to access all this gas. While that company's past isn't squeaky clean, it is working hard to clean up fracking by increasing its usage of recycled water while also eliminating 10%-25% of the additives used in hydraulic fracturing fluids to ensure that its fracking operations are more environmentally friendly.

The industry is not only cleaning up the fracking process, but it's also fueling a revival in America. Companies such as Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE  ) are using natural gas as a cleaner, cheaper bridge fuel to a brighter future. Meanwhile, other companies such as Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT: LNG  ) and Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW  ) are using our cheap and abundant natural gas supplies to turn our trade imbalance on its head. The following slide show details all the stunning ways natural gas is having a positive impact on the future of America. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 2:40 PM, JeanDavid wrote:

    That natural gas is going to be distributed to customers. Retail: mainly for home heating. Wholesale: operating power plants and raw material for chemical plants. Almost all that will be burned and that will lead to more climate change. This is not really anything to celebrate. But to mourn.

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 3:38 PM, cdon628 wrote:

    Oil and Gas Companies Don't Want You to Know This But Here's How Natural Gas is Changing America:

    Drinking water supplies are being contaminated directly and indirectly by unknown chemicals. Unknown because the companies are not required to disclose them.

    Gas flares run 24/7 for up to 30 days, spewing methane - an extremely potent greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere.

    The lower CO2 levels cited do not take into account the amount of CO2 burned in the transportation of water and fracking fluids when thousands of trucks clog the roadways.

    3-8 million gallons of the PEOPLE's water is used PER frack. Individual wells are fracked several times. Do the math.

    Poorly constructed pipelines are exploding in flames. These pipelines transport natural gas to the overseas markets - where the REAL money lies.

    Because the overseas markets will pay more for natural gas, U.S. natural gas prices will soar.

    ALL well casings fail. It's only a matter of WHEN.

    There are at least 161 documented cases of contaminated drinking water in PA.

    Shall I go on?

  • Report this Comment On January 12, 2014, at 6:50 PM, BerksGasTruth wrote:

    I dare you guys to come to Pennsylvania in your little jester hats and tell your story of how great fracking is to the people waiting in line at a church for their 3 1/2 gallons of clean water per day provided to them by volunteers, not the frackers who our DEP confirms polluted their water.

  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2014, at 10:47 AM, TMFmd19 wrote:

    @cdon628 - Fracking ins't perfect, but it is doing more good than people realize. Further, its not as bad as most think as what's being attributed to fracking isn't actually caused by fracking.

    Most of the Obama administration supports it because the facts support it. That's why: "Many other administration officials have specifically pointed to the safety of the process when it comes to groundwater. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, for example, has said that he still has, "not seen any evidence of fracking per se contaminating groundwater." He is not the only one to suggest that fracking isn't a threat to our water. Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said that she is, "not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water."

    Further, its getting better every day. The 3-8 million gallons you mentioned isn't happening as frequently as producers are recycling water. Oh, and its per WELL not per FRACK.

    US CO2 emissions are now at 1994 levels even with the CO2 burned with transporting water and fluids. The number in the presentation is TOTAL US emissions.

    Natural gas flaring burns methane not spews it. Flaring actually is better for the environment than spewing methane.

    Unfortunately, all the "facts" you mentioned simply are not facts at all.


  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2014, at 10:49 AM, TMFmd19 wrote:

    @BerksGasTruth - actually, I lived in PA for several years until just recently. I never saw nor heard about any church lines for water.. Fracking isn't perfect, but there is a lot of misinformation out there.


  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2014, at 3:13 PM, UpYours1 wrote:

    C don lie, c don foam at the mouth, c don talk about things he knows nothing about. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2014, at 3:38 PM, cdon628 wrote:

    @UpYours1: Very intelligent response.

    @Matt: The facts I mentioned actually ARE facts. And it is PER FRACK. Oh, and ask Lisa Jackson why she quit the EPA. Ask her why the EPA backed down on its investigations of water contamination in Dimock, PA, Pavillion, WY, and Parker County, TX. As to fracking becoming "safer." What difference does it make if you take an inherently unsafe practice and make it "safer?"

  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2014, at 4:58 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    Two paragraphs? That constitutes an article now?

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 3:41 PM, eric9 wrote:

    @jeandavid - Home heating? Bad? Energy/electricity? Bad? Raw Materials for chemical plants? Bad? So you believe people should live in the cold, industry should move back to riverside locations to use waterwheels, and we should retire anything plastic, fertilizers, cleaners, lubricants, adhesives, medicines, etc.. Well you may want to live in the 1600's, but most people don't. There are plenty of places in the world you can move where you won't have to suffer from progress or modernity. (But the truth is you're very happy with modernity, you just want it on your impossible terms.)

    The gas WILL be burned - instead of coal. If you are anti-frack, then you are pro-coal. Simple as that.

    @cdon - the EPA concluded there was no contamination. The courts concluded that environmentalists have falsified (that's fraud) claims again gas companies in order to push their agenda. Just 'cause you think you are morally correct, doesn't mean you get to make things up. The most comical is your methane/flaring comment. If you flare, then the methane isn't spewed. It is burnt. Got it? Mutually exclusive.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 8:20 PM, UpYours1 wrote:

    Hydraulic Fracturing has been around since the 1940's. Things have changed in that time period. The service companies report everything that is pumped into every well and everything in a well is no more harmful than what's in your kitchen today. The US government has seen to that in the last couple of years. Water is being re-used to cut back on volumes. Look at what a city the size of Houston uses in a day compared to what the oilfield is using and it becomes a little clearer. Also, Fracing come from Fracturing. No K.

  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2014, at 1:37 PM, monkota wrote:

    Environmentalists need a cause.. In the early 1950's I worked at a town in Northern North Dakota and stayed at their Hotel. When we turned on the water faucets in the sink, in the room, we could light a match under it and it would burn. It had been doing this for years, long before any oil or gas wells were drilled in the area.

    We could take a shower in the water, or even brush our teeth. I spent quite a bit of time there and am now 87 years old and still in good shape, so apparently it didn't bother me.

    Communication of methane up to ground water is a natural act in some areas, and has nothing to do with flaring, drilling or fracturing.

  • Report this Comment On January 21, 2014, at 9:04 AM, 49cent wrote:

    Your first paragraph indicates that the improvements in cleaning up fracking operations will result in only 75-90% of the prior pollution. Not a record that I would envy.

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