Interesting Comments on Shale Gas Drilling from Director of Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program

Rhonda Reda, executive director of the non-profit group Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, recently spoke to a small audience at Columbiana High School (Columbiana, Ohio). Reda had some interesting facts and figures to share with the audience. She said that hydraulic fracturing was first used in Ohio to frack a well in 1951. Some of her other comments:

She said 90 percent of gas and oil wells in Ohio were created through hydraulic fracturing. The process used prior to hydraulic fracturing involved dropping dynamite down a hole.

"Without hydraulic fracturing, we just stop drilling," she said.

Reda said 20 on-shore gas wells produce the same amount of energy on average as 724 wind turbines or 241,000 solar panels.

She listed the nation’s crude oil consumption at 20 million barrels per day, adding that China is set to surpass us within 10 years.

During the energy crisis of the 1970s, she said 23 percent of our nation’s oil came from foreign sources. Today, the nation is more than 60-percent dependent on foreign oil.

Part of the new demand for energy comes from computers, which she said use about 20 percent of the nation’s energy, and other emerging technology, from cell phones to video game consoles to electric can openers.

While many people have stepped forward with claims that hydraulic fracturing poses a danger of water contamination, Reda said there are no confirmed cases of hydraulic fracturing resulting in groundwater contamination anywhere in the nation.*

Read the rest of her cogent and interesting comments by clicking the link below.

*Morning Journal News (May 8, 2011) – Drilling advocate addresses concerns