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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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wooweee that josh fox he’s something
I notice that you didn’t post anything about this WSJ article
“In Texas, lawns consume roughly 18 times more water than fracking.”
A study published in November 2012 by the Texas Water Development Board found that on average about 31% of residential water consumed in the state is used outside homes. In 2010, that amounted to 495 billion gallons. In 2011, according to the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, fracking accounted for about 26.6 billion gallons statewide. So in Texas (a big state with arid regions) lawns consume roughly 18 times more water than fracking does.
Oh damn! You totally convinced me, then, Peter. Or is that Pak? Did you change your name?
So, your logic seems to be this: because we already use up a whole lot of water, it’s okay for fracking to destroy and permanently remove from our active hydrologic cycle EVEN more water.
One problem I have is getting a firm grasp on just how much water fracking is using. You see, the Texas Water Development Board–our state water watchers that are all too fracking friendly–have been caught with their pants down on the fracking water estimations. They and have GROSSLY underestimated the amount of water that fracking is destroying and the fracking industry has GROSSLY underreported the amount of water they are using.
Bottom line: That WSJ article doesn’t mean shit because we don’t know how much water fracking is using. Besides the water used for fracking can’t be compared to other uses.
Alberta Neighbor says
You can lead a Canadian greed-bitten “horse” to a “flawed” water assessment tool in the U.S. … but you can’t make him figure it out. Good thing they have a “new” Whisperer.
“Encana Corp. (ECA) said Doug Suttles, the engineer who led BP Plc (BP/)’s response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will be the next chief executive officer of Canada’s largest natural gas producer.
… Suttles is among several BP executives named in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by investors. The case, which is scheduled for an August 2014 jury trial in a Houston federal court, alleges the company and its executives hid the true size of the spill to limit the effect on the stock price. BP has declined to comment on the suit.”
Unfortunately they don’t disclose in the article how much water Doug’s used to water his lawn …
“A Canadian firm has laid out plans to drill 500 new natural gas wells in Northern Michigan, using a technique that could consume more than 4 billion gallons of groundwater — or about as much water as Traverse City uses in two years.
…Encana Corp., will rely on hydraulic fracturing … Encana, for example, used 8.5 million gallons of groundwater earlier this month to frack a single gas well, the Westerman in Kalkaska County, east of Traverse City.
… The company’s plan to drill several new gas wells near Kalkaska will entail pumping about 300 million gallons of water out of the ground, injecting that water into several gas well bores and then leaving nearly all of the contaminated water in the ground when the fracking is completed, according to state records.
The result: A net loss of up to 300 million gallons of groundwater to the North Branch of the Manistee River, a blue-ribbon trout stream fed almost entirely by groundwater. One of Encana’s drilling sites is a half-mile from the Manistee River’s North Branch, …
… recent problems at the Westerman gas well in Kalkaska County -where water wells didn’t produce as predicted and drillers had to truck in 3 million of gallons of water from Kalkaska and Mancelona to complete the fracking process – highlighted flaws in the water assessment tool.
Encana’s Hock and DEQ officials blamed the problem on ‘geologic conditions’ unrelated to the water assessment tool.
… Encana spokesman Doug Hock, however, is optimistic: ‘Can we access the (deep shale gas) and still protect the environment? Absolutely.'”
“As Encana’s fracking operation continues in Rapid River Township, local residents are losing water pressure and water coming out of the tap looks like milk.
… fracking operations at the Westerman 1-29 HD1 continued, despite ongoing issues with the water supply …. The additional water wells installed on and off the well pad failed to yield sufficient volumes to complete the well and Encana continued to obtain water from the Kalkaska Village municipal system …
… At some point mid-week, Bernard and Phyllis Senske, who live adjacent to the well site, started experiencing a drop in water pressure and discolored water.
‘It looks like milk coming out of the faucet,’ …
… report … found that ‘the static water level within the Senske well has been lowered by 11 feet.
… not the first fracking operation to experience issues with insufficient water. Attempts to complete the Yonkman 1-29HD1 well in Missaukee County between December 2012 and February of this year were unsuccessful, despite construction of eight water wells in an effort to do so. Devon Energy approached nearby municipalities for water, and the City of McBain agreed—for $34,000.00. …
Similar issues were also experienced at the State Richfield 1-27 well where four water wells failed to provide the quantity of water required to frack the well (4.8 million gallons), and two additional wells were required.”
How does anyone know exactly how much water is used for lawns? I’m not disputing that water is wasted in this country for landscaping, but how is it measured, how can a figure be assessed? Are there monitors on people’s faucets?
Peter K, do you think in a drought-ridden state, water for fracking is a good thing? To sell gas to other countries? Do you like to drink water? Do you hope your kids/grandkids (if you have reproduced) will have drinking water someday…..while China has our gas? Do you think oil/gas companies should have unlimited access to our drinking water, to sell their product outside of the US?
Do you live near a gas site? Within a mile, or two?
He works for the frackers so he believes everything they have told him and he lives for Fracking.
Frackers don’t know much about Fracking, actually. When I was meeting with one recently he’s asked me what VOCs were. When I said volatile organic compounds, he asked what those were. Lots more he didn’t know.
Sad, but not surprising.
That’s why you’re a threat to them….you spread the truth based on extensive research and facts, they spread propaganda, based in greed. You work at helping others, they work only at helping themselves, not caring who they hurt.
Many of them actually believe they are helping America. They have been brainwashed (see psyops section) to believe there is nothing wrong with anything they are doing (even illegal dumping is okay because they are told there is nothing harmful in the waste).
You would not believe how strong the psyops is on their own people. But, at some point, you have to really want to believe it.
“It’s hard to get a man to understanding something when his paycheck depends on him not understanding.” ~Upton Sinclair.
Funny how, when confronted by science, pro-drillers immediately switch the topic. (And to lawn-watering nonetheless?! Geez-o-Pete!)
I never heard of a residential water meter that distinguishes and reports water use for lawn watering vs other uses!!!!!!
News flash: Pak makes shit up.
Tim Ruggiero says
How could he forget golf courses? And those damn pesky farmers?
Those O&G mouth-pieces typically blame the problems that they cause on the lowly peasants!
I would like to share my experiences on rig sites. I run a hvac service company and received a call about a company man’s trailer not cooling. I really didn’t want to do it but the guy said “he was dying because of the heat.” I got to location and this man with a lousy disposition is cussing and telling me about how “he has to push his guys because they are dumb, druggies, and won’t do anything unless he is there.” I remember thinking what my life would be like if I couldn’t trust my workers to do their jobs in my absence.
I noticed how these trailers had raw sewage pumping onto some farmers property. The thought of this ticked me off because if I knowingly release refrigerant into the air, I can be fined or imprisoned. The company man became frustrated when I told him his compressor needed to be replaced. He stated “what you’re not smart enough to fix it”. I decided to leave. Before I got into my truck I watched the guy step out of his trailer and fall on his rear. You have to love irony, who is the “dumbass” now?