100 Years of Natural Gas? January 8, 2012 : 12:21 PM

Many proponents of fracking claim there is 100 years worth of natural gas beneath the United States ready to be extracted. This seems to be a bit of an exaggeration.

“Assuming that the United States continues to use about 24 tcf per annum, then, only an 11-year supply of natural gas is certain. The other 89 years' worth has not yet been shown to exist or to be recoverable.”

“Even that comparably modest estimate of 11 years’ supply may be optimistic. Those 273 tcf are located in reserves that are undrilled, but are adjacent to drilled tracts where gas has been produced. Due to large lateral differences in the geology of shale plays, production can vary considerably from adjacent wells.”

Source: Slate