Expert: President Obama on Right Track with Fracturing Goals

To advance his energy strategy, President Obama on Thursday embraced natural gas as a transportation fuel, saying it is cleaner and cheaper than oil, and abundant in the United States.

Pitch

To advance his energy strategy, President Obama on Thursday embraced natural gas as a transportation fuel, saying it is cleaner and cheaper than oil, and abundant in the United States.

The president also dedicated a substantial portion of his State of the Union address to the topic of energy, particularly renewable energy and the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas.

 

Expert

Mohamed Soliman, chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and George Livermore Chair Professor, (806) 742-1801 ext. 232, or mohamed.soliman@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • Fracturing operations and analysis (fracking)
  • Reservoir engineering techniques

 

Quotes

  • “This is the first intelligent thing I heard coming from the various branches of the government regarding fracturing in a long time.”
  • “Based on current technology, shale formations cannot be economically produced without creating those multiple fractures.”