Fracking in Delaware
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Although there is no fracking in Delaware, natural gas companies have expressed interested in the possibility of fracking in the Delaware River basin, part of which lies in Delaware. Although the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is comprised of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and the federal government, has had a temporary moratorium on fracking in place since 2010, there were renewed calls for a permanent ban on fracking in the basin area in early 2014. New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt said, "There should be a moratorium in West Virginia, there should be a moratorium in Pennsylvania and there should be a fracking moratorium for the Delaware River watershed."
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Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the process of injecting fluid -- mostly water and sand, but with additional chemicals -- into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release the oil and natural gas inside.
Recent technological advances in oil and gas drilling -- horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing -- have created a wealth of opportunities and challenges for states that have fossil fuel reserves that can be accessed through the combination of these two technologies and the industries that support them. The increased use of fracking has been an economic boon for states, not only those with fracking but also those with supporting industries, such as frac sand mining or associated machinery manufacturing.
Those opposed to fracking argue that the potential environmental and human health impacts could be large. Although wells have been fracked for over 65 years in the U.S., concerns have been raised over the ability for federal, state and local regulatory agencies to keep up with the growth and adequately protect the environment and human health. As with any type of energy extraction, either traditional or renewable, there are tradeoffs.
Natural gas use in Delaware
Most of the energy used in the state was in the form of natural gas (used primarily for the electric power sector), followed by electricity and petroleum. In 2011, 30 percent of Delaware's energy use was for industrial purposes, one-fifth for residential uses, 23 percent for transportation and the remaining for the commercial sector.
|Consumption of energy for heating homes in Delaware|
|Source||Delaware 2011||U.S. average 2011|
|Liquid Petroleum Gases (LPG)||10.4%||5%|
|Where electricity comes from in Delaware |
|Type||Amount generated (MWh)||% of state**||% of U.S.**|
|Total net electricity generation||662,000||100%||0.02%|
|**Note: Because the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) does not include all of a state's energy production in these figures, the EIA totals do not equal 100 percent. Instead, we have generated our own percentages.|
For natural gas utilities, Delaware only regulates transmission to customers, while the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates interstate transmission. Natural gas used in electricity generation is shipped into Delaware through the Port of Wilmington.
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- Energy policy in Delaware
- Fracking in the United States
- Energy use in the United States
- Energy policy in the United States
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Delaware Profile"
- Frac Focus, "National Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Registry"
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Delaware Profile Analysis," updated December 18, 2013
- The Star-Ledger, "Environmentalists, congressman call for fracking ban in Delaware River basin," March 12, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Delaware Profile Overview," accessed March 8, 2014
- State of Delaware, "PSC Regulated Utilities," accessed March 15, 2014
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