The benefits of fracking to buyers of natural gas in the US are over $132Billion per year. ($6 per 1000 cubic feet)(22 Trillion cubic feet of gas per year) The price of natural gas in the UK (which imports much of its supply) is about $10 per 1000 cubic ft. The price in the US is about $4 per 1000 cubic feet. Before the shale gale Billions were invested in gas import facilities in the US. The price in the US was expected to be equal to that in other importing countries. The $6 gain from fracking is an underestimate as the international price of liquid natural gas has been lowered by the lack of import demand from the US.
Have a in-law that worked on the pipeline portion of Cheniere's LNG import facility just off the TX coast in the Gulf and he said they never imported anything but now they're converting it to an EXport terminal.