For some reason yet to be explained, gas wells appear to leak everywhere on the planet but New York, Pennsylvania, and parts of Parker County, Texas. Curiously, they leak like rusty sieves in Canada, possibly due to the extreme cold and watery beer imbibed by the bi-lingual casing crews, eh ?
Richard found these leakers described in a published scientific journal – by Canadians (caution advised, eh ?)
But these leaky Canadian wells, you will note, are nowhere near any Range Resources shale gas wells in Parker County, Texas . . .
Nor do they leak anywhere near Cabot’s shale gas wells in Pennsylvania – according to the scientists at Cabot:
Nor do they leak anywhere near the Penn State Institute of Fracking Apologists
The geology and hydrology of New York evidently prevents this from happening, according to the scientists at the DEC. Because, if it did, that would exacerbate global warming, which, according to the scientists at the DEC, does not exist
Therefore, since there is no global warming, gas wells cannot leak. Except, evidently in Canada. And offshore. And Australia. And odd-ball places like that.
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Ah, but we all know that if we look at the records they all leak. A peek at PA records just so far in 2012 in PA shows that 7.2% of them leak right off the bat.
Alma Hasse says
Chip and Sharon, you can add Idaho to the list.
We’ve heard Mr. John Peiserich– lawyer for Snake River Oil and Gas and Halliburton lobbyist extraordinaire– state at public meetings that there will not be any problems with drilling here in our great state– after all, they are only “mini-fracking” or “chemically stimulating” the wells.
Our very competent Governor Otter (pun intended) of course backed them up in a news conference immediately following his 2012 State of the State speech where he informed reporters that they will not be using any chemicals! It’s a bit strange though that they passed bills in the 2012 Legislature session that ALLOWED the use of chemicals and made them secret with the industry caveat of “proprietary, confidential”.
I’m sleeping so much better these days knowing– that despite the odds– Idaho will not have any of the problems that PA, TX, WY, CO, AR, OK, WV, LA, etc. have all had!
Chip Northrup says
According to the government and industry scientist, any gas released by a wellbore has to stay put and not come up into the water table, where it might play hell with the trout. And hops. And spuds. Like it says in Deuteronomy. Or Mother Goose,
Ha! Oddly enough, we Canadians are told the same thing, only in reverse. Wells don’t leak in Canada, only in the States. Or, if they do leak, they haven’t contaminated anything. Yet. Right.