Below is a link to an article the was published in the Houston Chronicle this morning written by George Mitchell and Mark Zoback. The article describes the history of hydraulic fracturing in a horizontal well as pioneered by Mitchell Energy & Development in the 1970’s. But the authors quite nicely reiterate the need for all stakeholders to work together in order to extract natural gas responsibly.
Highlights beyond calling on all stakeholders to work together include:
- Natural gas is a great bridge source of energy,
- State regulations must be strengthened,
- Associated activities (development of well, treatment and disposal of wastewater, etc.) must be done with care,
- Responsible developers should be willing to disclose fracking chemicals.
Even if it is basically a message from an experienced gas developer calling attention to the recommendations of the Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Sub-comittee, this is an encouraging message that folks on all sides of this issue should consider … More to come.