No Peak Gas

Lawrence Solomon
National Post
April 15, 2009

Is the United States running out of natural gas?

No way, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which estimates that the U.S. has 211 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of proved reserves – gas that is already discovered and economically recoverable – and another 1533 tcf of technically recoverable natural gas.

Much of the technically recoverable gas is unconventional — shale gas, tight sands, and coalbed methane. It accounts for 60% of the onshore recoverable resource.

All this adds up to a lot. The U.S. produces about 19.3 tcf a year of natural gas. At that rate, the U.S. has enough natural gas to last 90 years. Less conservative estimates of the potential for shale gas add another 26 years to the potential U.S. supply, or 116 years.

For more information on this cheery news about our fossil fuel future, see here.


Lawrence Solomon
is executive director of Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute. lawrencesolomon@nextcity.com

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1 Response to No Peak Gas

  1. Ron Wagner says:

    Thanks for the reference. We just need to develop this resource and have adequate pipelines. We also need to start using NG for transportation. Preferably in NG vehicles. That will require infrastructure. Natural gas generators could also supply power for electric vehicles, if desired.

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