Essay on The Effects Of Fracking On The United States

1587 Words Jul 30th, 2015 null Page
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, the Federal and state governments have failed to protect American lives from the hazards of fracking. As a result, the current form of fracking is unsustainable and proven to be dangerous, destructive, as well as polluting our environment.
The Marcellus Shale which covers New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia is the hottest play in North America and possibly the world. 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…

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