What If Hydraulic Fracturing Were Banned?

What If Hydraulic Fracturing Were Banned?

Recent analysis conducted by Rystad Energy suggests that if hydraulic fracturing were banned on U.S. federal acreage—in accordance with the stated policy goal of at least one Democratic presidential candidate—the result would be a widespread shift of capital from federal to private and state-owned acreage in a bid to replace the lost oil, natural gas, and liq­uids volumes. In other words, a potential prohibition would likely have little immediate impact on nation­wide oil and gas production figures.

“Even in the long term, the impact might be quite negligible as seen from a greater industry per­spective,” says Artem Abramov, head of shale research at the Oslo, Norway-based international energy research and business intelligence company. “How­ever, the effects of such a ban could have stronger negative effects on one key shale-producing region in particular—the New Mexico portion of the prolific Permian-Delaware Basin.”

“New Mexico has the highest relative contri­bution to activity on federal acreage, where the share of federal lands has been fluctuating at around 60% in recent years,” says Abramov. “Both Wyoming and North Dakota saw the share of federal acreage, rela­tive to total activity, at close to 25% in the three-year period from 2017 through 2019, whereas horizontal activity on Colorado’s federal land is insignificant.”

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