Posted February 7, 2018
The broad, impactful outlines of the U.S. energy renaissance in a couple of recent data points:
- In November, U.S. crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels per day – a level not seen in 50 years – largely with advanced hydraulic fracturing unlocking oil from tight-rock formations.
- The United States is projected to be a net exporter of energy by 2022 in most scenarios studied by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Strong domestic production will play a major role, EIA says.
We’ve arrived at this point – with significant positive implications for American security and economic growth – for a couple of reasons: vast natural gas and oil reserves and an innovative, technologically advanced industry that has been able to safely and responsibly develop those energy reserves to the benefit of American consumers, businesses and manufacturers.
Our industry is driving the energy renaissance, largely thanks to technologies that allow precise, efficient exploration and development with a minimal surface footprint. API’s State of American Energy Report provides details. In it you’ll see a technology profile featuring Halliburton’s Eric Holderby. Here’s a brief video in which Eric talks about technology’s role in today’s natural gas and oil industry:
“The capabilities we have around technology are pushing the boundary of what the oil and gas industry has seen,” Holderby says. Here are a few from the API report:
Innovators lead the way now and in the future. Our industry has a history of rising to meet new challenges with new technologies – to provide Americans with the energy that helps them power past impossible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.