Archive | March, 2012

How much natural gas is there?

What is hydraulic fracturing? Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a method of extracting natural gas from the ground. Measuring the amount of natural gas is extremely difficult until the gas has been extracted from the ground. Most of the natural gas found in North American is concentrated in distinct areas. Historically, natural gas reserves have been found in Texas and surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.

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Why Drilling?

Oil is used because of its versatility, meaning, that it can be broken down into many useful products. Oil has high energy density, which is why we use oil in locomotives. Oil is located deep beneath the ground, so why do we go through the trouble and danger to extract it from deep underground? Because we have become dependent on oil as our number for form of energy.

Oil is extracted from the ground by a number of different drilling methods. Drilling must take place in areas over oil deposits, which unfortunately are located in prime and/or dangerous real-estate. From coast to cost we’ve had to build our oil extraction centers in areas with difficult environmental conditions, dangerously unstable politics, coveted tourist sites, or combinations of all of those factors.

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