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The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax
 

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NPR's Marilyn Geewax presents The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere," the free, one-hour webinar hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

NPR's Marilyn Geewax presents The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere," the free, one-hour webinar hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

For more information about free training for business journalists, please visit businessjournalism.org

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    The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax Presentation Transcript

    • The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Title Slide Everywhere Marilyn Geewax NPR Senior Business Editor mgeewax@npr.org @geewaxnpr
    • What is Fracking? Most Americans – and journalists – aren’t entirely sure… http://www.climatecentral.org/news/ americans-uninformed-aboutfracking-says-new-study-16762
    • Oil and Gas Drilling Are Booming
    • Production Has Shot Up as Fracking Has Grown U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data
    • U.S Output Is Growing as Consumption and Imports Decline EIA Data
    • “Saudi America” Is Becoming an Exporter of Energy EIA Data
    • Poll Question #1 How many stories have you produced about fracking? •  More than five •  Between two and five •  One story •  None
    • The Change Has Come Quickly EIA data •  What's Happening in Texas
    • The Permian Basin in Texas
    • The Permian Basin May Change the Oil Game •  EIA says it’s the U.S.’s largest oil producer •  Production has increased by 93,000 barrels per day year-over-year •  Growing consensus that potential is huge •  It may hold more than 1 billion barrels •  That may be worth $5 trillion
    • Companies Use “Hydraulic Fracturing” For Releasing Both Oil and Natural Gas •  The technique has been used since 1947. •  Fracking is now very common – some estimate it has been used to stimulate a million oil and gas wells around the world.
    • So How Does Fracking Work For Natural Gas? 1) You need a lot of water 2) And you need a lot of steel pipe to drill down as far as 10,000 feet. Let this ProPublica illustration explain… http://www.propublica.org/special/hydraulicfracturing-national
    • Poll Question #2: In your community, what local stories have taken shape related to the new energy industry?
    • Natural Gas Consumption By End Users EIA Data Electric power Industrial Residential Commercial Lease and plant fuel Transportation (pipeline & vehicle fuel) & other 36% 28% 16% 11% 5% 3%
    • Impact on Manufacturers Will Be Huge •  Dramatically lower energy bills. •  Cheaper “feed stock” for making fertilizers and bulk chemicals (ethylene). •  Cheaper transportation options.
    • Switch From Coal to Natural Gas Will Help Energy-Hungry Industries Makers Of Steel And Other Metals Will Benefit
    • Dow Chemical Expands in Texas
    • Trucking Fleets and Railroads Are Switching To Natural Gas
    • Jobs Are Growing BLS says energy-production workers average $35.15 an hour
    • Fair To Say the Energy Sector is Creating A Lot Of Jobs •  North Dakota is looking great, with 3 percent unemployment. Oil rig in Williston, N.D., by Flickr user lindsey gee
    • Booming Oil Industry Struggling to Fill Job Openings
    • What Could Go Right? •  Air quality keeps improving as fracking increases. Emissions off 12% since 2007. •  http://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/ carbon/
    • What Could Go Wrong? •  •  •  •  Environmental Impact Is Just Too Negative Not As Much Gas And Oil As We Thought People Just Don’t Want It Other Countries Produce So Much, It Gets Too Cheap •  Fracking produces so much oil and gas that prices plunge, and the energy sector goes from boom to bust.
    • Many Worry That Fracking May Release Methane, Harm Ground Water and Trigger Earthquakes
    • Some Skeptics Say Industry Is OverEstimating the Potential
    • People In Many States Just Don't Want to Live Next to Fracking
    • Easy-to-Find Local Angles in TX, OH, PA, ND, LA http://www.npr.org/2013/03/28/175483517/cheapnatural-gas-pumping-new-life-into-u-s-factories
    • But Stories Can Be Found Almost Everywhere, Even Maine http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=178651276&m=178651245
    • Additional Resources http://www.cfr.org/energy-andenvironment/hydraulic-fracturingfracking/p31559 http://www.propublica.org/series/ fracking
    • Stories to Look for in Your Community Oil rig in Williston, N.D., by Flickr user Lindsey Gira •  Are any manufacturers expanding? •  Are young people considering energy jobs? •  Are colleges making adjustments in courses?
    • Stories to look for in your community •  Are workers getting injured or killed in these jobs? •  What’s happening to water and land around you? Photo by Flickr user Ben Schumin
    • Questions? mgeewax@npr.org @geewaxnpr