A U.S. drought is unlikely to have a long-lasting impact on the extraction of natural gas from shale rocks, especially as the technology improves, says the International Energy Agency's chief economist.
Fatih Birol in a Paris interview on Wednesday said the drought across much of the Midwest was "a temporarry thing." Bloomberg News reported.
"I don't think it will cause a long-lasting problem," he said. "In general, there's a water problem in shale-gas extraction, this can be addressed by using the best technology."
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.