A brief comment on a proposal from leading Presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing everywhere, immediately.

A leading Presidential candidate has called for an immediate nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing “everywhere”. Who said it matters less than what it may mean. The United States has undergone an energy boom recently which has finally erased the long-standing US net energy deficit. This outcome is mostly the consequence of hydraulic fracturing.

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Percentage of US oil and gas production derived from hydraulic fracturing

Source: EIA, US Department of Energy, JPMAM. 2019.
Line chart: three lines showing the US percentage of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids derived from hydraulic fracturing. The percentage of natural gas derived from hydraulic fracturing is now around 80% and has been increasing since 2001 when the value was around 25%. The percentage of crude oil and natural gas liquids derived from hydraulic fracturing is now around 60% and both have been increasing steadily since 2009, when crude oil was around 17% and natural gas liquids was around 7%.