Tweetable Facts About Fracking
Simply put, energy production has helped make Texas public schools and universities some of the best funded in the nation.
On average, the fracking process only takes about three to five days to complete. Once the well is “completed," it is ready to produce oil and natural gas for years to come.
The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution. Once considered to have dwindling energy resources and a dangerous reliance on foreign imports, the United States now has the distinction of being the largest combined oil and natural gas producing country in the world.
The fact that natural gas production is a key part of the Texas economy is nothing new, but it has another important benefit: it helps conserve precious water resources. Water use for energy development in Texas is expected to decline significantly in the coming decades.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that "wells in the Barnett Shale require fracture stimulation to produce." The Court has also found that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is essential to the recovery of oil and gas.
Many studies have examined groundwater pollution and specifically ruled out fracking as the cause.
Fracking spurred a resurgence in Texas manufacturing, helping to create thousands of jobs and injecting billions of dollars into the Texas economy.
But it’s not just oil production where Texas continues to shine. Recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows Texas maintained its position as the top producing natural gas state in 2017.