Armor Piercing Fracking Explosions in Your Backyard?
Today three men from the same family lost their lives when a pulling unit exploded in Upton County. It is unknown at this time what caused the explosion. But it could have been caused by armor piercing fracking explosions.
What is known is that armor piercing explosives called “perf guns” are required for fracking. Here are some things I’ve learned about “perf guns.”
- These armor piercing charges are used to blow holes through the steel casing pipe, cement casing and into surrounding shale. Sometimes the charges accidentally go off on the surface causing serious accidents.
- One study limited to 3 suppliers prior to the shale BOOM, found 94 accidents, 49 injuries and 29 deaths due to perf guns.
- Cell phones can set off a “perf gun.”
- Pulling units lower “perf guns” in place and retrieve them.
Industry brags about how powerful “perf guns” are.
Perforating unconventional oil & gas wells as part of the hydraulic fracturing process uses armor-piercing charges, Senior Petroleum Engineer for Wagner & Brown Billy Harris… Given the powerful nature of the explosives, some countries have strict regulations controlling their use.
“Perf guns do really well on tanks and armored vehicles. Some folks are very sensitive about this.”
Billy Harris, Sr. Petroleum Engineer, Wagner & Brown
Dose this sound like something you want in your neighborhood?
Does this sound like something you want traveling through your neighborhood? “Perf guns have to be transported to the site.
Name the three main causes of induced seismicity (man-made earthquakes) according to industry studies:
- Underground explosions
Question: Which of the above is required for the shale boom:
Answer: All of the above.
I hope the industry will take care of the families left behind.