Obama’s Energy Secretary: Fracking Has Been Good For The Environment

  • Date: 16/08/16
  • John Siciliano, The Washington Examiner

The oil and gas boom is reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday.

The oil and gas boom is reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. (AP Photo)

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

“The increased production of oil and natural gas in the United States has, obviously, been a major story in terms of our economy, and also our environment,” Moniz said at a field hearing in Seattle convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“The natural gas boom, in particular, has led to the displacement of high-carbon coal with low-carbon natural gas producing fewer [carbon dioxide] emissions,” Moniz said.

Moniz’s comments follow those by the head of the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s analysis arm, earlier this month, indicating that carbon emissions are lower than they have been since 1992 because of increased reliance on natural gas from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

Monday’s hearing was meant to examine the increased pressure that oil and gas production has placed on the nation’s infrastructure, especially for Cantwell’s state that has become a key chokepoint for shipping U.S. fossil fuels and other commodities to foreign markets.

Moniz said the increased demand for moving oil and natural gas around the country has placed “big strains” on the nation’s existing transportation infrastructure, where rail has been increasingly tapped to make up for the lag in pipeline capacity.

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