200 years of natural gas supply brags the industry

June 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Manhattan Anti-Fracking rally, NYC

Image by Adrian Kinloch via Flickr

 . . . hmmm now industry insiders suggest . . . well, maybe not so fast

So the natural gas industry would have you believe, there is no need to fool around with renewable energy . . . after all, we have a 200 years supply of clean burning natural gas to generate all of the electricity we need to meet U.S. demand.  Oh, that is really comforting . . . we will talk again in 200 years.

The natural gas production, of course, comes from fracking tight shale formations, wherever they exist, with a toxic concoction the ingredients of which cannot be disclosed, because ingredients are a trade secret!  Now, with over 10,000 wells ‘drilled’, production data from shale formations are beginning to suggest, it’s going to be a long, expensive, and very dirty 200 years.

NYT - Overestimating Natural Gas Production - Source: Art Berman, Labyrinth Consulting Services

It’s easy in the oil patch.  We used to explore for oil and gas, now we simply manufacture it.  Just find a gas bearing tight shale from Texas to the Adirondacks; drill into the shale formation; kick out with four or five 5,000 feet horizontal well shafts . . . and frack, frack, frack . . . and then produce, at least for a few years.

Every well is a winner (a promoter’s dream).  The production decline is dramatic, but it does not matter, just keep drilling for 200 years . . . it’s good for industry, but maybe not so good for clean air and water.

Honestly, it’s difficult to predict natural gas production from tight shale formations . . . every well is different; and maybe it’s exploration after all.  Some wells are highly productive, many more are laggards.  But every well leaves a long-lasting footprint.

Here is what is not difficult to predict: the sun will rise every morning, again and again.  We have plenty of empirical data and evidence.  We can make this prediction not just for 200 years but perhaps another 2 to 3 billion years for our marvelous planet Earth. And, with each sunrise comes an unlimited supply of free and clean solar energy.  So, what is the holdup?

Call your state and federal representatives to advocate solar energy.  They will be busy having lunch with lobbyists, but call anyway.  Leave a message.  Remind them that it’s 2011 not 1911, and it’s time to take a stand for reliable, sustainable, solar electricity.

THEN, make some noise; install a grid-tied PV system on your home or business.  PV solar distributive electricity is affordable and economic today.  It’s scalable (a small system works very well), and you do not need to frack sunlight with a secret toxic concoction.

There are no trade secrets – it’s light from light, how cool is that?  Solar electricity is a ground up popular movement.  This is the only noise your politicians will here.  It’s time to get started.

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES21USA

[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES 21 USA and its affiliate companies.]

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§ 3 Responses to 200 years of natural gas supply brags the industry

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  • sdobbie46 says:

    Bravo! We need to do everything we can to keep our water and air safe. Obviously there are dangers involved with fracking or the industry would be willing to make public the chemicals used for the process. What are they hiding? No pollution with solar energy! We must protect the health of our mother earth.

  • Stefan says:

    Thank you sdobbie46 for your reply! Yes, I agree! I believe that we can do better than comprising our children’s future. We have renewable, clean technologies at hand AND they are affordable and economic. Just like Chet says, solar is a ground swell movement.
    It might take a little longer, but it can’t be stopped anymore. The benefits are just too obvious!

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