I recently blogged about an industry presentation where they brag about–among other horrors–a new 12 stage frack that uses 18,000 barrels of water per stage for a total of 9,072,000 gallons for all 12 stages.
Now they have a new 40 stage frack.
“The industry continues to push the limits of total frac stages in horizontal completions in the Bakken Shale and other unconventional reservoirs, and Baker Hughes is supporting this effort with consistent technology advancements,” said Paul Butero, president of the US Land region for Baker Hughes. “We are excited about the potential of FracPoint EX-C—the latest in our completion systems specifically designed for horizontal shale completions—to push the production boundaries from unconventional reservoirs.”
“Disposing used water into deep injection wells essentially removes it from the active hydrologic cycle. Conceivably, it could return to the active cycle at some very distant point in the future (speaking in geologic terms, well beyond human time frames.)” Paul Hudak, Ph.D. Hydrologist
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Runner Susan says
holy mother of god. the end is near. this scares me.
Jerry Lobdill says
This idea is insane. 40 stages converts to a very long horizontal lateral, and this would necessarily feed a single wellhead. This idea puts the entire lateral at risk if something goes wrong.
Why not 10 wells at 4 stages per well? Makes much more sense IMO.
That is…assuming any drilling makes sense.
Spanish Inquisition says
And every city is asking its citizens to absolutely be very water conserving. Only water your yard between such and such hour. What a waste of water by these drillers. If this water were blood, there'd be a lot of blood on the drillers' hands !!!
They haven't figured out what they are doing on current technology, and there has been no longitudinal studies done. Now they think they can add and change technologies.