Obama’s Executive Order (EO) on Fracking, is one of the 900 EO’s issued by the president. The EO is officially titled, Executive Order – Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of
Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources.
The EO begins with it’s usual government speak and then goes on to say,
in order to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies responsible for overseeing the safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources and associated infrastructure and to help reduce our dependence on oil, it is hereby ordered as follows:
This EO was signed in April of 2012. So by signing this EO the president was just getting around to “help reduce our dependence on oil?” What happened to the president’s ongoing persistent drum beat of,
“…a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That’s the strategy we’re pursuing, and that’s the only real solution to this challenge.”
Apparently the voters have forgotten about the president’s missing plan on coal, his dismissing of the Keystone Pipeline, and of course his nearly perfect track record in support of green and solar energy companies.
If half of the oil bound up in the rock of the Green River Formation, in Utah and here in Colorado, could be recovered it would be equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves. Just east of Fort Collins in Weld County, Colorado, finds approximately 18,000 active gas and oil wells, more than any other county in the United States. The large amount of activity is due to the Niobrara Shale, formation located in northeastern Colorado. The formation also spreads into parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. This formation is a part of the Denver-Julesburg basin where gas and oil have already been discovered. and have had productive wells since the early 1900’s. The Niobrara Shale formation has been referred to as possibly the next Bakken field which has brought an economic boom to Williston, North Dakota and the surrounding area.
Fracking has been a boon to Greeley, Colorado. Greeley approximately 30 miles southeast of Fort Collins, has about 200 Fracking gas and oil wells within the city limits. According to Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, the city has no reason’s for concerns, and the wells provide a revenue source for the city.
Obama’s Executive Order on Fracking, is nothing more than an additional layer of government bureaucracy and nothing more. Next week begins the president’s second term. Will we see any improvement in America’s energy policy? Stay tuned.