Fracking in Oregon
|Fracking in Oregon|
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According to the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, fracking has occurred in Oregon in the past, although there is no fracking taking place in the state currently. Natural gas fields located in the northwestern part of the state are sandstone formations and as such do not require fracking. There are, however, coalbed methane resources in the southwestern part of the state. Fracking could be used to extract this gas.
- See also: Fracking
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 Oregon
- For more information on energy consumption, see "Energy policy in Oregon"
In 2011, roughly 30 percent of energy consumption in Oregon was used for transportation, and about a quarter was used for industrial purposes; the remaining was used in the commercial and residential sectors. Hydropower is the most common source of energy, followed by natural gas and petroleum (mainly in transportation). Prices for energy resources in Oregon are below the national averages.
|Consumption of energy for heating homes in Oregon|
|Source||Oregon 2011||U.S. average 2011|
|Liquid Petroleum Gases (LPG)||1.6%||5%|
Oregon produced 515 trillion BTU of energy in 2011. Of that, just over one percent was produced from natural gas and biofuels. The remaining 99 percent came from what the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) classifies as "other" renewable energies.
|Where electricity comes from in Oregon|
|Type||Amount generated (MWh)||% of state**||% of U.S.**|
|Total net electricity generation||4,880||100%||0%|
|**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.|
About a third of the electric energy generated in Oregon is from natural gas, some of which is imported from Alberta, British Columbia, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. In 2011, the Ruby Pipeline opened, which transports natural gas from the Opal Hub in Wyoming. Oregon’s Mist Gas Field is the only producer of natural gas in the Pacific Northwest. The rest of the electric energy in Oregon is produced from other renewable resources.
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- Energy policy in Oregon
- Fracking in the United States
- Energy use in the United States
- Energy policy in the United States
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Oregon Profile"
- Frac Focus, "National Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Registry"
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Oregon Profile Analysis," updated December 18, 2013
- Citizen's Utility Board of Oregon, "Natural Gas Update: Technology and Regulatory Advances," December 2, 2011
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Oregon Gas Drilling: Different Challenges Between Sandstone and Coal Beds," July 31, 2011
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, “State Energy Data System, Production,” accessed February 20, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Oregon Profile Overview,” accessed February 20, 2014
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