Drilling Deeper: The More Things Change…
Campaigns to Ban Frac’ing are Widespread
by Bailey LeRoux
August 28, 2015
Source: PB Oil & Gas
The National Center for Policy Analysis (Dallas, Texas) recently unveiled a new online map that tracks hydraulic fracturing or “frac’ing” bans, restrictions, and other government action hostile to this revolutionary technique used to enhance U.S. oil and gas production. This map will be an ongoing project that tracks the status of federal, state, and local efforts to restrict frac’ing across the United States.
“Frac’ing bans and prohibitive frac’ing regulations are a threat to this country’s economic recovery and superpower status,” says NCPA Executive Vice President/COO Jacki Pick. “Enhanced energy production through frac’ing can help the U.S. revive its economy with unprecedented growth, greatly reduce the national debt and trade deficit, and ensure that we maintain our influence on the world stage.”
Frac’ing, combined with advanced drilling, is how the United States became a top natural gas and oil producer in just the past few years. Pick details the importance of frac’ing in a new video.
“Campaigns to ban fracking too often are based on questionable research, and are progressively choking development in exchange for illusory benefit,” says Pick. While many Americans have heard of isolated anti-frac campaigns, few are aware of the hundreds of successful anti-frac’ing efforts that have swept the nation. This map gives a comprehensive view of that activism and the full breadth of the threat it poses to our economy and energy security. The NCPA will continue to update this map over time as new anti-frac restrictions crop up around the country. See the frac’ing opposition map online HERE.