More than six years ago I retired from the natural gas and oil industry. I thought I had everything planned until I began worrying about my children and grandchildren's future.
Without clean, affordable, dependable, domestic energy, they will have a very cold, dark future.
If we have to depend on foreign powers for our energy, they won't be free. My retirement was short - one day. A friend called out of the blue with a job offer and I was back in the industry. Now with development of our shale reservoirs we can be energy independent and won't need OPEC.
Energy is basic to our life and our freedom. Sadly many people take energy for granted as long as the lights come on, our computers and smart phones operate and there is heat when we turn up the thermostat.
Many of us saw in the summer of 2012 after the derecho what it was like without electricity. But even now many people don't know that coal, oil and natural gas provide most of our energy and are irreplaceable unless we move to nuclear or some other as yet undiscovered power source.
We are still having debates on the safety and need of "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing).
Few people know that more than 1.5 million wells have been safely fractured since 1947 with NO documented cases of groundwater contamination. Lisa Jackson, former EPA Director agrees. More than 90 percent of all wells drilled in the United States require fracking.
Most people don't know that without fracking our domestic oil and gas industry would cease to exist.
Don't worry. Our "friends" at OPEC or Russia (who also uses fracking) will gladly sell us oil and natural gas at their prices.
I don't understand groups that want to see our oil and gas industry shut down so that we can become fully dependent on Russia, as Europe, is for its natural gas. Russia does far less to protect the environment than the United States.
We have our military currently in the Middle East to protect the flow of oil. Would our brave men and women still be in harm's way if we didn't need OPEC oil? Energy independence is the best way I can see to bring our loved ones home. Maybe those that want to shut our energy industry down don't have or know someone in the military.
Few know that fracking is a single or several day event that occurs only once in the 30 plus year life of a typical well or that fracking is an engineered process injecting fluid or a gas under pressure deep underground to create a fracture (crack) in reservoir rock. This allows oil and gas to flow from the reservoir to the wellbore.
We know from basic engineering and underground observations that fracks cannot go up into groundwater. This isn't theory or a study. We lived with our children in the middle of oil and gas fields where all of the wells were fracked. Our water well was fine. We never saw any of those dangerous fracking things that we now hear and read about. Our kids are all healthy.
The most dangerous threat to our water is always our neighbor's unregulated water well near his septic tank or pig pen.