Chris Faulkner presents a fascinating look at fracking in his new book “The Fracking Truth: America’s Energy Revolution – The Inside, Untold Story.”
Faulkner’s main assumption is that fracking technology provides a means for America to solve its energy problem with less risk and great gain. The United Kingdom has taken the lead in developing regulations to fully develop fracking and Faulkner argues the EPA needs to do the same thing to significantly expand fracking in this country.
Chris Faulkner is not an oilman but became part of the industry by designing advanced exploration software that to identify oil resources that would go undetected using traditional means. That resulted in him forming the Breitling Energy Corporation.
The author describes “The Fracking Truth” as a primer on the ongoing energy revolution as well as a call to action. Since the 1940s when fracking began in the U.S. the process has yielded more than seven billion barrels of oil, more than 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. By fracking with the horizontal drilling approach, America can meet its energy needs without all the fallout predicted by doomsday opponents.
When discussing climate change, the author writes: “… climate change requires us to be clear-headed enough to recognize the potential solution that fracked natural gas offers. In short, if you want to arrest catastrophic climate change, you can’t get there from here without an abundant supply of natural gas that comes courtesy of the fracking boom.”
While we need to be concerned about the large volume of water required for fracking, Faulkner points out that the 2 to 4 million gallons of water required for each fracking job is about the same amount of water a golf course uses in a typical summer month.
Fracking is an important energy technology and it is important for Americans to be well informed of its benefits and risks. The best way to accomplish this is to obtain a copy of “The Fracking Truth” and spend the 2-3 hours required to read it and another couple hours thinking about how the information obtained relates to our future survival.