Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is the key to accessing America’s abundant natural gas. This safe, reliable process has been around for over six decades, and it’s vital to creating energy jobs today and in the future.

Despite widespread misinformation about the process, hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) is a safe, proven way to extract oil and natural gas and generate affordable American energy—and good American jobs. Fracking has been used for over 65 years via million-plus wells, and not a single instance of groundwater contamination has resulted.

America’s oil and natural gas industry works hard to make fracking as safe as possible, working with local, state, and federal regulators to ensure both safety and to maximize the community benefits of developing domestic energy resources. Hydraulic fracturing has also benefited communities around the nation and increased America’s economic growth. In 2012, oil and natural gas production from shale supported 2.1 million jobs. Without hydraulic fracturing, these jobs would not exist.

Hydraulic fracturing is also essential to America’s energy security, and has played a key role in America’s surge in oil and natural gas production. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has risen by over 50 percent. So has natural gas production. Hydraulic fracturing has played a vital role in making this happen. In the future, 75 percent of American oil and gas production will rely on hydraulic fracturing. If we don’t produce this oil and gas here, we’ll rely on other nations to supply the energy we need. By using more U.S. oil and gas, we will be less affected by instability in oil-producing regions around the globe.