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Gas drilling in Chatham and Lee Counties will produce a sound future

By Tom Glendinning
Posted Friday, July 8, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Forecasts for energy demand between 2005 and 2030 expose a 35 percent increase, due mainly to economic growth and expanding demand in developing countries. These countries are not part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD.) They will cause an increased demand of 70 percent for that period. Demand for OECD countries is expected to remain flat while economic output will increase by 60 percent. Worldwide demand for electricity will rise by 80 percent in OECDs, and by 150 percent in non-EOCDs.

Natural gas, oil and coal will continue to provide most of the needs. They are available. Versatile and affordable. Natural gas is the fastest growing of these fuels. Power generation from this source will rise by 85% by 2030, making it the fuel of choice for the near future. It burns cleaner than coal in measurements of carbon emissions.

Wind, solar and biofuels supplies are expected to cover 2.5 % of total energy demand. Liquid fuels consumption will grow by 16 % by 2035, while production of renewable energy sources should increase by 5 percent. One forecast indicates that renewable energy sources may account for 80 % of global energy supply by 2050 if political policies back the alternative properly.

While demand grows, efficiencies and policies will bring a decrease in use, justifying the 35 percent increase amidst larger demands.

Domestic shale gas resources will support increased natural gas production with moderate prices, with growing almost fourfold from 2009 to 2035 when it accounts for 47 percent of total U.S. production, up considerably from the 16 percent share in 2009.”2

By 2035, the US will have the opportunity to produce from sources within its boundaries. Shale oil and gas will be economically produced and an important part of energy security policy. Shale gas reserves can supply the country well into this century with little dependence on foreign
sources.

Local supply will be critical to North Carolina’s economic survival during this period. Shale gas drilling will make prices stable and low compared to areas where there is no drilling or supply. LP and natural gas supply will enable normal lifestyles without massive investments in high priced alternative sources (solar & wind) and will afford flexibility in transport, heating and industry.

Comment from Larry Ballas at the Board of Commissioner meeting 6 June, 2011 revealed that there is no imminent environmental danger from “fracking,” garnered from state and environmental reports from Pennsylvania, Texas and other drilling states. The argument of local
groups becomes a moot point. The scare tactics in “Gasland” were exposed to be false and misleading, as the videos of burning water from New York spigots occurred as early as 1935, many years before fracking.

Industry and scientific reports on the process reveal its safety. Sound drilling policies can be gleaned form the states which have allowed the practice, such as Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, New York.

It is wise to check sources of information before making unsound decisions. Facts of use, demand safety will demonstrate that gas drilling in Chatham and Lee Counties will produce a sound future.

 
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