America’s Energy

Environment

“I was personally involved with 50 or 60 (fracked) wells. There have been tens and thousands of wells in Colorado … and we can’t find anywhere in Colorado a single example of the process of fracking that has polluted groundwater.” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a trained geologist

Hydraulic fracturing is safe and well-regulated by federal and state agencies. The technologies and processes continue to be improved, guided by industry standards developed from experiences in the field and which undergo rigorous review before adoption.  Oil and gas operators acknowledge the challenges associated with industry activities, which can include challenges important to a community. Principles of integrity, transparency, and consideration for community concerns underpin responsible operations. Conscientious operators are committed to helping communities achieve positive and long-lasting benefits.  Safe and responsible development of energy from shale is providing the energy we need and has helped lower U.S. energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide to its lowest level in two decades.

  • Innovation and Methane Emissions

    A competitive marketplace is the sowing field for innovation and investment. Look no further than the advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that launched America’s ongoing shale energy revolution.

  • Fracking and Earthquakes

    The hydraulic fracturing process can cause very slight seismic activity; usually 10,000 to 1M times lower than a magnitude 3.0 earthquake.

  • Site Construction Impacts

    Oil and natural gas development companies work with local communities to reduce noise, traffic and other environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

  • Air Emissions

    With proper safeguards in place, fracking poses low risk to air quality from the running of engines and compressors to develop and operate natural oil and gas wells.

  • Wastewater Management

    Fracking requires large amounts of water, which afterward is recycled to drill other wells, delivered to water treatment facilities, or injected into special disposal wells.

  • Groundwater Protection

    Research shows that properly designed and constructed oil and natural gas wells present low environmental risk to our groundwater.

  • Water Use

    Fracking requires 2 to 4 million gallons of water. Drilling companies work with local water planning agencies to ensure local water needs are not disrupted, and often recycle water for use in other wells.