Jailhouse John wrote:Mustafaster
That MIT report was interesting in that it confirmed that there has been zero evidence of well completion chemicals entering an adjacent water aquifer and only some minor evidence of methane gas entering water aquifers from Operators who appear to be real cowboys.
John, I can find dozens and dozens of attested cases of chemical filtration into water supplies in the States. You must be aware of them if you work in the industry. Any fool can google the topic and come up with loads of examples.
These "cowboys" are companies like Halliburton, not one man in his backyard. More worrying for me is the refusal of companies like Halliburton to reveal what chemicals they are putting into the ground, claiming "commercial secercy" and likening their position to Coca Cola and their secret formula. I'm sorry, but that analogy is sophistry of the worst kind.
Jailhouse John wrote:The fact that completion chemicals have not migrated is by far the most important fact that should be taken on board. The procedures that will be imposed on any of the companies looking to 'Frack' in the UK will be absolutely immense - there is far too much at stake for the government to allow any screw ups of any sort and I am confident this will take away any cowboy element from the developments.
How many times have we heard this from the industry? Strict controls, regulation, total confidence, no screw ups allowed .... until the next time, and it will be a freak accident. Exxon Valdez, Prestige, Deepwater Horizon, Piper Alpha ... The industry's crediblity is zero, I'm afraid
Jailhouse John wrote:The report summary also made the point that Natural Gas is not the complete answer to the energy crisis as it is still a fossil fuel but it is SO MUCH CLEANER than coal or oil by a significant % and as such will act as a 'greener bridge' to provide time for more research and development into the likes of wave energy (which I am a huge advocate of).
Fracked gas is cleaner and will buy us time - we just have to make sure we use the time wisely and we have not always done that.
Damn right that it's not always beeen done wisely. Again we've heard all this before from the energy industry, and it never, ever turns out to be true. Remember North Sea oil being next to free and nuclear providing us with energy so cheap it won't be worth metering?
I just don't believe them any more, and I'd rather they didn't come round here spinning me fairy tales about how everything will be fine, and start pumping Christ knows what into the aquifers.
I'm an old man JJ, not quite as old as you, but getting there, and you can only fool people so many times before they tell you to fuck off.
I just don't believe them. A start would be to come clean about exactly what it is they're proposing to pump into the ground, but they won't and can't do that. Why is that? do you reckon? I suspect that they know what reaction they'd get.
Now I know I could be wrong about this, but until they come clean how can I make an informed opinion?