WPR News
6:58 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Report: More gas than expected

Columbus, OH – A new report says the country's natural gas reserves are much bigger than previously thought.

Thanks to new technology that has allowed producers to drill for gas in shale rock, the Potential Gas Committee in Golden, Colo., said that the country's reserves are 35 percent higher than just two years ago. The reserves have reached the highest level since the group started tracking the information 44 years ago.

Gas reserves in Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain states are up 60 percent.

The report comes as natural gas is being touted as a way to help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and cut emissions that lead to global warming.