Fracking: Is there really 100 years’ worth of natural gas beneath the United States? – Slate Magazine

Fracking: Is there really 100 years’ worth of natural gas beneath the United States? – Slate Magazine.

What the Frack?

Is there really 100 years’ worth of natural gas beneath the United States?

The recent press about the potential of shale gas would have you believe that America is now sitting on a 100-year supply of natural gas. It’s a “game-changer.” A “golden age of gas” awaits, one in which the United States will be energy independent, even exporting gas to the rest of the world, upending our current energy-importing situation.

The data, however, tell a very different story. Between the demonstrable gas reserves, and the potential resources blared in the headlines, lies an enormous gulf of uncertainty.

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Read the full story here: Slate Magazine

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