Drilling is a big thing now that the Marcellus Shale project in North America is super active. Most people do not even pay much attention to the massive pipeline infrastructure that is being built to pipe huge quantities of natural gas that exist in the United States right under our feet. There is so much gas that it won’t be long until there are a lot more cars powered by NG (natural gas). I work using Esri ArcGIS software on maps to coordinate drilling projects. There is a lot of work right now for geologists like me.
I have been noticing a lot more commercial trucks and buses that have the symbols on them that indicate they are fueled by NG, and I think of all the work that goes into getting that fuel out of the ground. We have a lot of drilling going on in the area I live. The only time you really notice anything is then the rig is up and you see lights at night. You will notice trucks going down rural roads carrying fracking fluid too. You get a couple of weeks of noise if you are close, then the area is all cleaned up and replanted. In a year, you cannot tell anyone was there except for a small shed, tank and a couple of pipes sticking up out of the ground.
I use Esri ArcGIS for planning operations. We try to have the lowest environmental and social impact that we can. I look at everything from the proximity of houses to the possible contamination of wells if there is no city water service in the area. You really have to think of and weigh everything. We need the energy as a nation, and it will be extracted. We just want to make the process as easy and as safe as possible. The mapping software helps me keep track of all of the variables I need to keep track of in my job.