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HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 21, 2014 - 12:42pm PT
Besides groundwater contamination, I'm sitting within 1/4 mile of the San Andreas Fault. I've seen reasonable reports that there may be a link between extensive fracking and fault movements.
Again far to many unknowns about this tracking business.
Transparency would be a good thing all around.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 21, 2014 - 12:53pm PT
So here's some more precise info on Santa Cruz County
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
The move, however, is largely symbolic: There are no known oil leases in Santa Cruz County, nor has it been targeted by oil prospectors.
I believe this is wrong. I mentioned above I've been told by reputable people there are some wells.
I was wondering myself what regulatory authority Santa Cruz County has.
While the state regulates underground wells, Tuesday's vote bans above-ground production support facilities. In doing so, the new law echoes a similar local effort from the 1980s to ban facilities for offshore oil drilling, an effective regulatory tool that became a model for coastal communities across California.

and it appears there is less oil in the Monterey Shale than earlier thought
Monterey Shale, a vast rock formation lying more than a mile underground that extends south through the San Joaquin Valley. While the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimated it to hold nearly 14 billion barrels of untapped oil, on Tuesday the agency downgraded its potential to 600 million barrels ó possibly enough to deflate the debate over the issue.

I was also wondering about this
While fracked wells use water located far below drinking water aquifers, among Leopold's concerns is that wells could be breached and contaminate scarce local supplies.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 21, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
Don't think of underlying strata as a layer cake that is grossly inaccurate for almost all of California and certainly anywhere there are mountains.

Its not like this:


No its more like this though this is of the Ojai (Ventura ) area.


The point is 'capping Monterey' is like herding cats. That's why the shale estimates have been so dramatically reduced. The methods used elsewhere to lay devastation to the shale landscape won't work here.... YAY!

:D

DMT
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
May 21, 2014 - 01:29pm PT
Just a comment. Anybody with a water well as a drinking water (or any use for that matter) source can sample their water and have it tested to establish some sort of baseline for the well. Best to repeat the test a few times at different times of the year. Say, for instance before and after recharge events (ie substantial rainfall in many cases).
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 21, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
I was talking to a co-worker the other day when she told me she signed up for a program that cut her gas bill significantly.
I asked "How do they do that? Are they using a different kind of gas? Maybe more abundant? Or is your utility just wanting to grease the slippery slope for their profits..?...

Then I thought are they doing what drug dealers figured out long ago.... first taste is practically free... because they know you'll be back for more... and by then it's too late.. the environmental damage is done

nothing to worry about at all..































































































Unless you like drinking water...



When will humans begin to get serious about their energy needs and their ENVIRONMENTAL NECESSITY!!!


Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 21, 2014 - 01:57pm PT
What was her answer, Jingy?

DMT
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 21, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
I guess the way I asked the questions got the right thoughts rolling around in the head because she said she "hadn't thought about it that way?" (My first thought after hearing this was "And you never will, why should you?" But in the end her second thoughts will change nothing. It will not get her to actually stop and think about the "deal" in a long term scope.

My mentioning it here will result in nothing either.... let's all just keep thinking while we make it impossible for humans to exist on the only planet that we know harbors life.....


All for money.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 21, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Ok. :)

DMT
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
May 21, 2014 - 03:24pm PT
DMT,

Most of the shale activity is located in areas that weren't tectonically busted up as much as your cross section shows.

I would go into this again, but nobody understands the technical stuff. I've tried over and over. I suggest some reading. Go buy a basic Petroleum Geology book and glean from it what you can. You can learn a lot from a basic book.

Fracking is a red herring. There are tens of thousands of these wells now and there are very few accidents. In Oklahoma and Texas, most of the activity is in the horizontal plays right now. The rigs are all busy drilling horizontals.

Groundwater contamination is not a big problem. I haven't seen a single instance yet. Nothing like you will hear by watching fake Youtube videos or reading environmental blogs.

I do know of 3 cases of gas getting in the groundwater down in the deep Anardako Basin, but they were vertical wells that were super high pressure. The shale gas wells produce at a low flowing pressure.

This has me in a weird spot. I am a connoisseur of wilderness. I am adamantly opposed to drilling in the Arctic Refuge and have spoken out against it in the media quite a few times.

This is different. Most of it happens on land that is not in any way wild, in areas with a long history of oil and gas production. The problems that it brings are aesthetic in nature. It involves a lot of trucking of water and sand around until the area is developed. That is where the environmental risk lies.

I've seen the pro-development side lie through their teeth on things like ANWR. I've seen the environmental side lie through their teeth on fracking. It has worked. It isn't based on facts, but operators can't ignore public opinion. In Oklahoma, people are used to it. Still, there is a fairly vocal anti-fracking group. They do a really good job of screwing up reporting on it in an honest way.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
May 21, 2014 - 03:32pm PT
I'm with you Base, compared to the destruction coal causes, fracking is much less. But I agree with Hightraverse too, need some transparency. Serious transparency. On that note we have this complete bullshit:
http://www.newsweek.com/north-carolina-bill-would-make-revealing-fracking-chemical-secrets-felony-251537?piano_t=1

Article titled:
"North Carolina Bill Would Make Revealing Fracking Secrets a Felony
By ZoŽ Schlanger
Filed: 5/20/14 at 5:29 PM"
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
May 21, 2014 - 03:38pm PT
OK. Everyone was all freaked out about the chemicals used in fracks. I'm pretty sure that all of this info has now been released.

It is pretty technical. Halliburton is the largest oilfield services company, and they have their own methods. There are other companies who do the fracks as well, though. Schlumberger, etc.

Yeah, Dick Cheney is probably the most evil American of my lifetime, but Halliburton is the best, as well as the most expensive.

It really is intellectual property, but I'm glad that they finally disclosed that.

This is just one of those things that has so much disinformation. I read false stuff regularly, even by supposed "science" writers.

edit: I just saw the above post about North Carolina. North Carolina isn't very prospective for oil and gas. I'm not aware of a single producing well. So the law is one of those stupid "masturbation" laws.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 21, 2014 - 04:46pm PT
.....circle jerkin...?


....on parade....
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
May 21, 2014 - 04:48pm PT
Sort of like voting to delete Obamacare 50 times in 2 years.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 21, 2014 - 06:11pm PT
Hey Base get off your high horse. I used the Ventura area to illustrate the point and said so. But if you prefer,



Do carry on.

Also, I didn't make up the 96% fewer recoverable shale oil in the Monterrey formation.

So wax on wax off about fracking, the simple fact of the matter is there ain't much oil to be had with it in some 50% of the oil shale rocks of the US?

Fracked out man.

DMT
FortMentšl

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
May 21, 2014 - 06:38pm PT
It really is intellectual property, but I'm glad that they finally disclosed that.

They disclosed nothing. MSDS sheets are next to worthless and nearly all of that shiht is too new to have been properly tested for toxicity. From Halliburtons BS site:

Toxicity Tests

Oral Toxicity: Not determined
Dermal Toxicity: Not determined
Inhalation Toxicity: Not determined
Primary Irritation Effect: Not determined
Carcinogenicity Not determined
Genotoxicity: Not determined
Reproductive /
Developmental Toxicity:
Not determined

12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Mobility (Water/Soil/Air) Not determined
Persistence/Degradability Not determined
Bio-accumulation Not Determined

Ecotoxicological Information

Acute Fish Toxicity: Not determined
Acute Crustaceans Toxicity:Not determined
Acute Algae Toxicity: Not determined
Chemical Fate Information Not determined
Other Information Not applicable
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 21, 2014 - 07:09pm PT
that is some transparency goin on there....highly technical as base said.

lets be really clear. there is nothing technical about listing the chemical constituents of the fracking fluid. there is nothing technical about what the hazards are and there is nothing technical about being forthcoming about what companies are injecting into your earth just so they can make a dime.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 21, 2014 - 07:22pm PT
Fracking fluid is mostly mineral oil.

Ya know this stuff.



along with sand.


Rumor has it that Halliburton is in the final stages of getting one that's NSF 61 approved and will then force is monopoly via regulation on everyone else.
klk

Trad climber
cali
May 21, 2014 - 07:30pm PT
in california, the primary threat to groundwater statewide is simply agriculture as we currently practice it. we've already sterilized a huge chunk of the southern great valley and are hard at work on the rest.

the principal reason for opposing hydrofracking in california is simply this-- the state doesn't even regulate groundwater pumping. the state doesn't systematically monitor wells. we have a "voluntary" reporting system-- probably less than half of all wells even self-report.

hydrofracking isn't one of things i would prioritize for worry.



wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 21, 2014 - 07:31pm PT
I told you all earlier,money will win.They will frack New York.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2014/05/05/democrats-supported-fracking-schumer-says/

edit : another win for the wallethuggers
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jul 14, 2014 - 07:38pm PT
Hey base did your fracking pals cause all those Oklahoma earthquakes recently?

DMT
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