Obama Pushes Natural-Gas Fracking to Create 600,000 U.S. Jobs

“We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy,” President Barack Obama stated in tonight’s State of the Union address.

For years, the Horn River News has been supporting the the opportunity that North America’s shale gas reserves represent to provide a domestically produced, lower carbon energy source to the United States’ and Canada’s energy needs.

President Obama’s support for the shale gas industry was a little short on reality. The solution for addressing the concerns of fracking is not in having the drillers disclose the ingredients of their fracturing fluids but in passing law and enforcing the use of non-toxic fluids, and double lining the drill holes that pass through the water table.

Companies like GasFrac Energy Services Ltd. of Calgary – a company often referred to here – is leading the charge using non-toxic fracturing fluids and recovering nearly all the fluid. Double lining can be easily done (oil tankers use to be single hulled until oil spills forced the use of double hulled ships only). Technology can be employed to make the shale gas industry safer. And we should always look to employing the best technologies available to continually improve safety.

Obama Pushes Natural-Gas Fracking to Create 600,000 U.S. Jobs

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama pushed drilling for gas in shale rock and support for cleaner energy sources to boost the economy in his final State of the Union address before facing U.S. voters in November.

Hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals underground to free gas trapped in rock, could create more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade, Obama said yesterday. The process, called fracking, is among a list of energy policies Obama said would fuel economic growth.

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