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6. What areas in the United States are ideal for fracking?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Wed, 2012-05-02 13:21
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A distinction must be made between natural gas production in general versus shale and coal bed natural gas production, using fracking. First, here is a map of the shale gas plays (areas that has been targeted as optimal for drilling) across the United States. Below is a second map showing the conventional natural gas fields in the United States.
This next map distinguished between shale gas basins and Devonian shale. The latter is much more difficult to drill and has only recently begun to be tapped.
Here is a look at the existing fracking wells, along with some future proposals. Several of the larger, established sites are often discussed in conversation surrounding fracking, such as the Marcellus and Barnett shale formations.
Natural gas production has increased in most areas of the United States. In general, the best areas for production are parts of the Mountain West, Appalachia, and the southern Midwest. Below is a look at the highest producing states (the Barnett shale bed is in Texas and was the first modern-day fracking site, drilled by Mitchell Energy in the 1990s). Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale formation opened for drilling in 2010 and is one of the most discussed and controversial.
Despite heavy criticism, Pennsylvania saw the biggest percentage jump in total natural gas production between 2009 and 2010, nearly doubling.
The United States produced over 24 Tcf (trillion cubic feet) of natural gas in 2011. The highest-producing states were Texas, Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. These six states accounted for over half of all natural gas production in the U.S. The next chart shows the change in regional production between 2009 and 2010.
Natural gas production has been expanding so rapidly that many international companies have rushed in to invest in individual companies.
Offshore drilling for natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico contributes a significant amount of America's gas (1-2 Tcf/year), but sharply declined in 2011 following the BP oil spill and new regulations. In fact, fracking regulations both locally and federally have led to declines, though less drastic, elsewhere around the country.