North Dakota And North America’s Energy Independence
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Early this year North Dakota passed both California and Alaska in daily oil production to become the no. 3 oil producing area in the U.S. In five years, North Dakota increased oil production 430 percent. How did they do this? Can this trend continue? What are the implications for U.S. oil independence?
Over the last five years the energy industry has developed the Bakken shale through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. We will review how horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are done. The impact of horizontal drilling on local economies and drinking water will be discussed.
Other areas in the U.S. that have shale formations that can produce oil and natural gas will be shown. We will discuss the economic implications of increasing oil and natural gas production, the number of jobs that have been created over the last five years, and how the US has, almost inadvertently been significantly reducing CO2 and other pollutants as a result. Other states that could follow in North Dakota’s footsteps will be identified and barriers to their economic growth discussed.
Have we finally found the technology revolution that could allow North America to be energy independent by 2020? Come listen, learn, and discuss with us!
6 p.m., Nov. 7, Teton Co. Commissioners Chamber. Open to Public. Presentation by John Willott. "North Dakota And North America’s Energy Independence."
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