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Though Texas born and bred, Chris Faulkner was not a child of the oil and gas business. He was certainly not the most likely candidate to become the oil and gas industry’s most vocal champion. Faulkner entered the oil and gas business by way of a 3D seismic imaging software program he designed. Since founding Breitling Energy Corporation in 2004, Faulkner has devoted himself to developing greener methods in his own company and advocating for a more environmentally friendly and transparent approach throughout the industry. A pragmatist and an optimist, Faulkner addresses oil and gas issues with a signature style, both frank and analytical, that has made him a trusted resource among the media and policymakers both at home and abroad. His work in the industry has brought him recognition in the form of industry awards—including AERG’s 2013 Oil Executive of the Year—as well as a media moniker he embraces: "Frack Master."

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Platform Press (June 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985070374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985070373
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Faulkner is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Breitling Energy Corporation (BECC), an oil and natural gas company based in Dallas, Texas. Author of The Fracking Truth--America's Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story and producer of the fracking documentary Breaking Free, Mr. Faulkner was named Industry Leader of the Year in 2013 by the Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest Region, Oil Executive of the Year in 2013 by the American Energy Research Group, and recognized in the Dallas Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2014 as well as the "Dallas Who's Who in Energy" in 2012 and 2013. Breitling received the 2013 Aggreko Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship from the Oil & Gas Awards for the Gulf Coast Region, was named 2013 E&P Company of the Year by the Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest Region, "Best North American Operator" by World Finance Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and to the "Dallas 100 List" in 2013, ranking fourth among the top 100 companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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I found the book to be well written, well footnoted and an easy read.
William McPeck
Faulkner's main assumption is that fracking technology provides a means for America to solve its energy problem with less risk and great gain.
Emory Daniels
Even though Faulkner makes a case that Gasland is sensationalist and inaccurate, it seems to me this book and Gasland is the perfect pairing.
Daniel G. Lebryk

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Chris Faulkner, dubbed the `Frack Master' for his industry advocacy, is not only the author of this important publication, but he is also Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Breitling Energy Corporation, and the driving force behind his company's extraordinary growth, technology innovations and strategic approach to oil and gas exploration and production. He studied biomedical engineering at Southern Methodist University, business and mathematics at Baylor University, and earned his Master of Information Science degree at the University of North Texas. He received an honorary doctorate degree for his achievements in business administration from Concordia College. He is influential in energy policy conversations in Washington, DC as well as extensive speaking engagements in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Fracking is one of the major controversies of our time. Many people see the subject as a war between Environmentalists and Energy Mongers. What Chris Faulkner accomplishes in his well-designed (with plentiful graphs, data, tables and photographs) accessible, exceedingly well documented rebuttal to those who would condemn fracking as a major threat to our globe is to present the positive aspects of fracking as a means of becoming energy independent from the OPEC countries' oil dealing. For some this will be an introduction to the topic - defining fracking, how it is done, what it produces, and the benefits of using it as a manner to tap the supply of energy that lies beneath the surface of the globe. As with all controversial subject, it is well to hear the proponents of both sides of the debate rather than being steered by sensationalists (on both sides!
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Format: Hardcover
Chris Faulkner is the President and CEO of his own oil and gas extraction company, Breitling Energy Corporation. That makes him an expert on fracking and so what he has to say is probably very much worth reading. However does this disqualify him from the debate about the merits and demerits of fracking? Maybe, maybe not. Readers should read this book and decide for themselves.

First what is fracking? Faulkner has a chapter on that. I read it twice. I am still not sure about how the gas and/oil gets out of the fissures and into the wellbore. It seems amazing that a wellbore could suck up enough oil from fractured rock to make it viable. Yet this is what happens. With gas it would seem easier. Fracking was and is a great technological breakthrough. It’s not going to go away. Alternative energy stocks (with some exceptions) will be risky investments for probably decades to come.

The central (and very difficult) question that this book attempts to answer is whether the relatively cheaper energy we get because of fracking outweighs the environmental damage that fracking causes. Clearly for Faulkner and Breitling Energy (and Halliburton and others in the business) the answer is clear. It does. Faulkner dedicates his book to the ten million “extraordinary people” in the industry “who are creating the American energy revolution.” For the rest of us (and please not in my backyard nor in Cheney’s nor in Faulkner’s) the answer is not so clear, and will not be clear until some years to come.

While Faulkner urges the industry to reveal what chemicals are used in fracking he doesn’t disclose them directly in the book. Figure 4-3 on page 86 gives the “Volumetric Composition of a Fracture Fluid.” 99.51% is water. The other 0.
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Format: Hardcover
Faulkner does a good job of articulating the
stakes inherent in the decision whether or
not to pursue fracking technologies.
He alludes to the horizontal zig-zag method
when he explains that less surface area is
disturbed due to this new technological finding.

The author shows how the Marcellus Shale
Oil and Gas undeveloped reserves account
for 55% of the total resources which remain
virtually untapped. The book does a good
job of pointing out that water recycling
is critical because water resources are
highly constrained in some parts of the
United States most notably out West.
Shortly, the solar energy technology
will be commercially feasible for use
in desalination plants. Then, the supply
of fresh water to communities throughout
the world will be more readily available.

The book explains the total mix of world
energy consumption during the first 40
years of this century. The mix includes
nuclear,renewables,natural gas, coal
and liquids. Coal gasification may have
a greater role along with nuclear fusion.
The state of the art in nuclear fusion
is coming to the point where outputs
will exceed inputs to the reaction.
That is a minimum condition precedent
for achieving commercialization in the
not too distant future.

Meanwhile, investments in the fission
nuclear power plant maintenance and
contingency planning need to be made
to protect the public from harm.
It simply is not feasible to close
down each of the nuclear fission plants
worldwide since countries like China are
building new plants each year.
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