US Chamber of Commerce: What if we banned frac’ing?

Visitor “fracking A, Bubba!” by David Middleton

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What would occur if frac’ing was banned?

The quick reply: All of us freeze in the dead of night. For the lengthy reply, learn the US Chamber of Commerce paper.

The 2016 report was meant to put out the implications of reckless, if not treasonous, vitality coverage calls for of politicians and activists.


This paper marks the fourth in a collection of experiences produced by the Power Institute being launched this fall, every taking a substantive take a look at what might need occurred previously – or may occur sooner or later – if sure energy-related feedback and coverage prescriptions put forth by distinguished politicians and their supporters had been really adopted. We’re calling it the Power Accountability Collection.

One doesn’t must look far lately to seek out platforms or retailers that declare to be definitive “factcheckers” of all method of utterances candidates make on the marketing campaign path. On that, the Power Accountability Collection isn’t reinventing the wheel. What we’re rather more excited by – and what we expect can be rather more priceless to voters – is taking a step again to raised perceive (and quantify the place potential) the real-world, economy-wide penalties of dwelling in a world during which candidates’ rhetoric on vital vitality points had been to develop into actuality.

Too usually, there’s a temptation to dismiss statements made by candidates as issues mentioned “off the cuff” or within the “warmth of the second,” or maybe supplied up merely to “attraction to their base.” That is extremely cynical, and it wants to alter. A candidate’s views and the issues they are saying and do to win the help of curiosity teams have an actual influence on how coverage is formed and applied. That’s very true on vitality points, as teams proceed to advance a “Hold It Within the Floor” agenda that, if adopted, would pressure our nation to give up the big home advantages and world aggressive benefits that inexpensive vitality improvement have made potential.


On this report, we discover what would occur if the politicians and environmental activists bought what they are saying they help: a whole ban on fracking. Whereas many proponents of such a ban might select to disregard these financial impacts, it’s our hope that most of the people – together with specifically the constituents of the politicians supporting these bans – won’t so casually dismiss these findings. The job loss numbers alone that may consequence from a ban on fracking are sufficient to encourage larger scrutiny of those that have allied themselves with the “Hold It Within the Floor” marketing campaign.


US Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce (CoC) then listed some notably reckless, if not treasonous, vitality coverage prescriptions by politicians and activists.

By the point we get by all of my circumstances, I don’t suppose there can be many locations in America the place fracking will proceed to happen.

Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee; Mar. 6, 2016

I’m going to pledge to cease fossil fuels.

Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee; Feb. 5, 2016

Determine 1. “You’re welcome.”

Let me make it as clear as I might be … we’re going to ban fracking in 50 states of this nation.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt); June 1, 2016

Which is extra possible: The “Bern” understanding jack schist about frac’ing? Or the “Bern” pondering that there is perhaps 57 states on this nation?

Determine 2. Regardless of all of his efforts to dam oil & gasoline producion on Federal lands and waters, not even Barrack Hussein Obama may stem the “shale” revolution in any of the 57 states.

There’s an pressing must preserve fossil fuels within the floor if we wish to defend the planet for future generations.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.); Feb. 11, 2016

There’s an pressing want for Jared Huffman to be institutionalized.

[F]rom this level on, anybody proposing a brand new fracking subject … or oil effectively is, in impact, a local weather denier

Invoice McKibben, founding father of & DNC platform committee member; Sept. 29, 2016

WTF is a “fracking subject”? Concerning proposing new oil wells… I denied local weather 4 occasions in 2019!

Till we totally perceive the consequences [of fracking], the one method to keep away from these dangers is to halt fracking completely

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.); April 22, 2015

Solely a fracking fool would say one thing that silly… Oh wait, (D-Wisc.)… ‘Nuff mentioned.

We should preserve our United States fossil gas reserves, owned by the residents, within the floor.

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.); Nov. Four, 2015

Setting apart the actual fact the Merkley clearly doesn’t know the distinction between reserves and assets… The one method that the residents can profit from United States fossil gas assets is to transform them to reserves and take them out of the bottom.

Any critical plan to fight local weather change should embrace a ban on fracking.

Meals & Water Watch; June eight, 2016

During which case, Meals & Water Watch could be watching meals & water disappear from grocery store cabinets… As a result of skyrocketing oil & pure gasoline costs would shortly make farming and the transportation of meals and bottled water to supermarkets unaffordable.

A fracking ban could be a catastrophe for the U.S. economic system, exceeding the financial hurt brought on by the monetary disaster, the housing bust, and the Nice Recession – mixed. These concurrent occasions value america round eight million jobs. A ban on fracturing would destroy extra
than 14 million jobs, all whereas elevating prices for households and significantly lowering American vitality safety.

Listed below are just a few of the important thing impacts:

“The USA would lose 14.eight million jobs”“Gasoline costs would virtually double”“Pure gasoline costs would skyrocket to over $12 per mmBtu”

This one could be nice for me… I work the Gulf of Mexico. At $12/mcf (~mmBtu), there’s quite a lot of pure gasoline available, and most of it doesn’t require frac’ing. In fact, the identical treasonous idiots who would ban frac’ing, would additionally ban offshore drilling.

“U.S. electrical energy costs would almost double”

And… As Marcellus/Utica and Texas “shale” gasoline manufacturing took a nose-dive, we’d be importing rather more of our gasoline from locations like Russia, Qatar, and so forth.

Different “lowlights”:


2020: “It’s worse. It’s a lot worse.”

Is 2020 any higher than 2016?

From The Washington Submit…

“Sure, I help a ban on all hydraulic fracking operations.”

Tulsi Gabbard

“Sure. Fracking is a hazard to our water provide. It’s a hazard to the air we breathe. It has resulted in additional earthquakes. It’s extremely explosive. And, to prime it off, methane from pure gasoline is contributing to local weather change.”

Bernie Sanders

“Secure fracking is, like clear coal, pure fiction. … No quantity of regulation could make it secure. When [Sanders] is within the White Home, he’s going to ban fracking nationwide and quickly transfer to 100 p.c clear, sustainable vitality.” 

Bernie Sanders marketing campaign spokesman

“Sure, we should always ban fracking, however that may’t occur immediately. We have to push as arduous as potential to make the transition as quick as potential.”

“We have to cease the enlargement of all types of fossil gas infrastructure and manufacturing. Underneath my administration no new fracking or different varieties fossil gas improvement would happen on public lands, and we’d implement a accountable plan to section out current operations. We have to responsibly section out the present operations in step with a transition to 100% clear vitality whereas investing in employees and communities.”

“The query in all of that is how briskly can you alter your electrical energy technology and how are you going to do it with out disrupting the economic system.”

“When you consider this, when you consider the proportion that’s fracked, and what the options are, and what it might imply, I’m undecided you possibly can simply say there isn’t any fracking for starters. You may say there’s no fracking on federal land. You may say, no new federal leases for fracking. I might do this. I feel you possibly can push as arduous as potential to make the transition as quick as potential.”

Tom Steyer

“I favor a ban on new fracking and a speedy finish to current fracking in order that we will construct a 100 p.c clear vitality society as quickly as potential,”

Pete Buttigieg

Effectively on a constructive word that ought to make OPEC Glad that they are going to be again in The Oil enterprise massive time.
What a Joke. Get off the Stage..

— Redlion’s Den (@eddierrn24) September eight, 2019

Within the Permian Basin, alone, this could destroy someplace between $25 and $100 trillion of worth.

What the “shale” revolution has delivered

The CoC graphs are a bit dated; they’re from the EIA’s 2016 Annual Power Outlook. Nonetheless, they clearly reveal the worth of frac’ing, with out which our pure gasoline and crude oil manufacturing would have been declining since 2006.

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The dominance of the “shale” performs in our pure gasoline manufacturing is unmistakable. In 2000, tight/”shale” gasoline solely comprised about 25% of our manufacturing. By 2018, it accounted for over 80% and EIA initiatives that will probably be over 90% by 2050.

Determine three. U.S. dry pure gasoline manufacturing, trillion cubic toes per yr (Tcf/yr). EIA

The Marcellus/Utica formations within the Appalachia area account for almost half of our “shale” gasoline manufacturing.

Determine Four. U.S. dry “shale” gasoline manufacturing, billion cubic toes per day (Bcf/d). EIA

A frac’ing ban would instantly result in a nostril dive in pure gasoline manufacturing. Virtually the entire development since 2010 was as a result of frac’ing:

Determine 5. Appalachia area pure gasoline manufacturing. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

With out frac’ing, pure gasoline manufacturing would have executed one thing like this:

Determine 6. Appalachia decline curve for legacy manufacturing. (US EIA Drilling Productiveness Report)

The EIA at present initiatives pure gasoline costs to commerce within the vary of $2.33 to $2.54/mmBtu (million Btu) over the subsequent couple of years.

Determine 7. US pure gasoline costs. EIA

The higher and decrease bounds of the 95% confidence interval replicate the uncertainties about demand, manufacturing, financial development, the climate, and so forth. Even then, the higher sure is $Four-5/mmBtu. A frac’ing ban would shortly drive costs again up above the place they had been in 2005-2008 and better.

Determine eight. “Sure we will” would have been the proper reply to Barrack Hussein Obama in March 2012.

We had already drilled our method to decrease pure gasoline costs when Obama uttered that specific lie.

A frac’ing ban would drive costs increased than they had been in 2005-2008, to over $12/mmBtu.

We drilled our method to decrease gasoline costs from 2008 to 2015, by growing the provision of crude oil.

We are able to simply drill our method to decrease oil costs… Identical to we may simply not-drill our method again to increased oil costs.

The Benedict Arnold One-Two Punch

Many of the treasonous Enviromarxist terrorists politicians and activists, demanding a frac’ing ban, are additionally demanding an finish to offshore drilling: A one-two punch knockout blow to our nation’s vitality safety.

Determine 9. Federal “lands” consists of the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Washington Submit

The overwhelming majority of US crude oil manufacturing, and the entire development since 2008, is from the Permian Basin, Gulf of Mexico and varied “shale” performs.

Determine 10. U.S. Power Info Administration, Quick-Time period Power Outlook, November 2019

The one a type of areas that wouldn’t be eviscerated by a frac’ing ban, is the Gulf of Mexico. Nonetheless, a ban on offshore drilling could be a critical “two punch.”

Hurricanes in 2005 (Katrina & Rita) and 2008 (Ike) inflicted intensive harm on Gulf of Mexico oil & gasoline infrastructure, miserable manufacturing by about 250,000 bbl/d from 2006-2008.  The Obama maladministration’s illegal drilling moratorium and “permitorium” in response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill depressed manufacturing by about 500,000 bbl/d from 2011-2013.

Determine 11. Gulf of Mexico OCS oil manufacturing. US EIA

Since then, Gulf of Mexico oil manufacturing has surged to file ranges and is anticipated to prime 2 million barrels per day in 2020 as a dozen latest deepwater discoveries are introduced on-line.

Determine 12. U.S. Power Info Administration, Quick-Time period Power Outlook

Whereas a President Fauxcahontas or Commissar Bernie may inflict comparable harm, barring new laws from Congress, the courts would most likely slap her/him down even tougher than they slapped Obama down.

About 9.2 million barrels per day of present US oil manufacturing comes from tight formations and the Gulf of Mexico.

Determine 13. U.S. Power Info Administration, Petroleum Provide Month-to-month and State Power Knowledge System

Frac’ing and offshore drilling account for over 75% of present US crude oil manufacturing and virtually the entire future development potential for US manufacturing and reserves development.

Whereas an Enviromarxist ban on frac’ing and offshore drilling wouldn’t drop our manufacturing to zero-point-zero instantly, the decline could be fast and notably sharp within the tight formations, just like the Permian Basin. Obama’s illegal Gulf of Mexico moratorium, in a short time dropped manufacturing by about 500,000 bbl/d and the 2014-2016 crash in oil costs induced an analogous decline within the Permian Basin. A ban on frac’ing could be catastrophic within the Permian Basin. It could be even worse for pure gasoline. About 70% of present US pure gasoline manufacturing and the entire future development potential is from “shale” and different tight formations requiring frac’ing.

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Anybody calling for frac’ing ban is mentally ailing. A frac’ing ban wouldn’t change this:

Determine 14. It’s a fossil fueled world. (2018 BP Statistical Overview of World Power).

A frac’ing ban would simply drive up oil & pure gasoline costs, pressure us to import extra crude oil and convert LNG export terminals into import terminals. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in The Misplaced Phrase, Jurassic Park…

A frac’ing ban could be “the worst concept within the lengthy, unhappy historical past of unhealthy concepts.”

Any POTUS who tried to enact frac’ing and offshore drilling bans ban could be committing a treasonous act. Our nationwide safety relies on entry to plentiful, inexpensive, helpful vitality. U.S. crude oil manufacturing helped win World Wars I and II.


A frac’ing ban could be a deliberate try to sabotage our nation’s vitality infrastructure and nationwide safety. It could return us to dependence on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, the Soviet Union Russia, Venezuela and different “pleasant” nations for the oil wanted to defend this nation.

Treason in opposition to america, shall consist solely in levying struggle in opposition to them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them assist and luxury.

US Structure, Article III, Part three

A frac’ing ban could be giving “assist and luxury” to the Kremlin, the Mullahs in Tehran and the Communist dictator in Venezuela.

Notes about nomenclature

Fracking vs. frac’ing

Frac’ing is a standard effectively completion process that has been safely employed in oil & gasoline manufacturing for greater than 70 years. There isn’t a proof by any means that frac’ing has ever polluted groundwater or triggered important palpable earthquakes. Wastewater injection wells aren’t frac’ing. Frac’ing is a contraction of “hydraulic fracturing”. Fracking is a cleaned up model of the “F” phrase.

Shale vs. “shale”

I attempt to put citation marks across the phrase shale once I use it in reference to “shale” performs. Many “shale” performs aren’t really shale.

Is it Shale or not Shale? That’s the Query.

In a earlier weblog on unconventionals, ”Typical vs. Unconventional Shale: What’s my Reservoir?,” Richard Day wrote concerning the nontrivial downside of classifying reservoirs as typical or unconventional formations. I wish to proceed this subject, as, in Europe, this difficulty has made it into the headlines of native newspapers. Folks in small villages have develop into “consultants” within the subject of geology, and consider they’ll decide whether or not exploration is for typical or unconventional hydrocarbons, and whether or not it threatens their tranquillity. In the event that they deem it so, from England to Poland, they voice their issues.

Personally, if I had a alternative, I would favor to have unconventional drilling in my yard quite than typical. The excessive environmental requirements and restrictive laws give extra ensures that unconventional drilling is safer and environmentally pleasant than typical drilling. However, typically, native individuals are afraid of no matter we name “shale.” Right here, I wish to present examples of rocks that don’t meet the definition of shale, however are nonetheless perceived as shale. Definitions might be deceptive, and the character of shale is extra advanced than individuals consider.


Lately, I used to be pressured to alter my presentation as a result of I used the phrase “shale” for a rock containing over 45% clay minerals (as was reported in an X-ray diffraction (XRD) check and in step with my petrophysical evaluation), however the operator was cautious of naming this rock as a “shale.” Shale might be outlined as: ”Shale is laminated, indurated (consolidated) rock with > 67% clay-sized supplies.” Jackson, J.A. (1997). Glossary of Geology, 4th Ed., American Geological Institute.

Whereas it’s all the time good to have dependable sources of information, please check out the mineral composition of identified shale gasoline performs within the U.S., as offered in Fig. 1 – which reveals that just about not one of the U.S. shale gasoline performs meet the factors of the definition given above. In accordance with this definition, there are not any shale gasoline performs within the U.S. “Houston, we have now an issue…”



Halliburton Determine 1. ” Ternary diagram of all shales in database. The colour represents the person shale, and the dimensions of the bubble represents the brittleness as decided from XRD information (computed by mineral composition).”

In regards to the writer of this WUWT submit

I’ve been a geologist/geophysicist within the “local weather wrecking” (oil & gasoline) trade since 1981. I’m a member of the American Affiliation of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and Houston Geological Society (HGS).

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